I'm sorry to say but your son Herbert died today. He was caught in machinery. How much money do you want? We feel responsible.
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Herbert and Mr. White were enjoying a game of chess at the dinner table. While Mrs. White was in the kitchen making dinner. Meanwhile Sergeant Major Thomas knocks at the door for a visit. Sergeant Major Thomas tells the White family about the Monkey’s Paw and its story. He throws the Paw into the fire and Mr. White snatches the paw to keep it for his wishes.
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Sergeant Major Thomas leaves the household. Mr. White uses the paw for his first wish. His first wish is for 200 pounds. The next day when Herbert was at work he was caught in machinery and died. The man from the company Maw and Meggins paid the White’s the 200 pounds for the loss of Herbert.
After Herbert's death the White's buried Herbert in the cemetery. Days after Mrs. White woke up in the middle of the night wondering why she lost her son. Then it came to her that they have 2 more wishes to grant from the paw. She forced her husband to grant the wish but Mr.White doesn't like the idea so he does it. Minutes later they hear a loud knocking noise at the door.
Superstition: Stepping on the foul line
Uh oh! I just stepped on the foul line. I am going to have a bad game!
As the knocking continues his wife thinks it's Herbert at the door. He warns her about opening the door. But Mr. White doesn't think he'll be the same. As Mrs. White goes to the door Mr. White rushes to find the Monkey's Paw to grant his final wish.
After he grants the wish the knocking goes silent. The echoes of the previous knocks could be heard in the house. His wife is disappointing that the wish wasn't granted. She was miserable that her son wasn't back.
Stepping on the foul line in baseball when going on or off the field is considered bad luck. If most of your team steps on the line your considered most likely to lose the game. If you, yourself step on the foul line you'll either pitch, field, or hit badly in the game. Some people are cautious about stepping on the line because they're afraid of having a season ending injury.