Sergeant Major Morris visits his old friend. He sits down by the fire to chat about his time in India. Morris tells Mr. White about the tale of the monkey’s paw. He tells him that an old fakir put a spell on it to grant 3 people 3 wishes to prove that fate rules people’s lives. He then ends up giving it to Mr. White and his family.
Mr. White and his wife were thinking about their first wish and they decided to wish for just enough money to pay off their house. "I wish for 300 pounds," said Mr. White. The next day, Mr. White receives news that his son died in the machinery at the mill where he works. In return he gets 300 pounds in compensation for their families tragic loss.
Before Mr. and Mrs. White go to bed, Mrs. White has a wonderful idea to wish their son back to life. Mr. White doesn't really trust the monkey's paw but will do anything to make his wife happy again. "I wish our son Herbert was alive again." said Mr. White. A few hours later when the White's are sound asleep they hear a knock at their door.
Mrs. White hears the knocking at the door and jumps out of bed. "Honey... It's Herbert, it's really him," said Mrs. White. Mr. White is convinced that it's not going to be him and doesn’t want her to open the door. He grabs the monkey’s paw and quickly makes a wish.
Mrs. White rushes to the door. She quickly opens it hoping it’s her beloved son. She whips open the door... no one is there. We can only infer that Mr. White wished that his son wasn’t at the door.
Walking under a ladder is a crazy superstition that dates back to over 5,000 years ago. A ladder standing up or leaning against a wall forms a triangle. This was a sacred shape that represented the ancient Egyptians pyramids. Walking under a ladder was seen ad disrupting the balance of the pyramids. This would bring misfortune and bad luck to you for years to come.