Mr. White and his son are playing chess to pass the time because a visitor is coming by their house. Mr. White made a bad move in chess and did not want to let his son see.
A sergeant came to Mr.Whites house and told them about the monkeys paw and how it can grant wishes. Mr.White liked the sound of that so he wanted the monkeys paw. Mr. Morris told them it was cursed but Mr. white still wanted the paw.
Mr. Morris takes the monkeys paw and throws it into the fire. Mr.white pulls the paw out of the fire and saves it. Mr. White made a wish for two hundred pounds. They got two hundred pounds as compensation for Herbert's death.
Mrs. White convinces Mr. White to wish their son back alive. Mr.white wishes for Herbert to come back to life. A knock on the door was heard soon after. The knock kept getting louder.
Mrs. White thought the knocking was Herbert and wanted to go and open the door. Mr. White tried to stop her from opening the door but he was not able to hold her. He started looking for the monkeys paw and he found it.
Mr. white made his third wish and it was for Herbert to go back in the grave and then the knocking stoped. Mrs. White opened the door and no one was there.