Mr. White and his son are playing a game of chess while waiting for Sergeant-Major Morris.
Sergeant- Major Morris explains the use of the paw to the Whites; they don’t believe it so they throw the paw into their fire; Before the Sergeant exits he tells them that the last person who had the paw had wished for death.
Mr. White takes the paw out of the fire and wishes for two hundred pounds; later on they find out their son had died due to the fact that 200 pounds of machinery had fallen on him.
Mrs. White forces Mr. White to wish for their son to come back to life; Mr. White makes the wish.
Mr. White hears knocking and as Mrs. White runs to the door he remembers that he still has one last wish.
The knocking stops; one can assume that Mr. White had wished for their son (Herbert) to rest in peace.