One cold, wet night the White family awaited on a visitor, Sgt. Major Morris. While waiting Mr.White and his son, Albert were playing chess while Mrs.White knits. Sgt. Major Morris arrives and tells the White family of the tales while he was in India.
Sgt. Major Morris throws the paw into the fire and Mr. White recovers it. Mr. White makes the first wish, he wishes for two hundred pounds. Mr. White proclaims that the paw moved and there's a loud crashing sound. Herbert then says "Well, I don't see the money, and I bet I never will." The next day, Herbert leaves for work and is caught in the machinery and is killed. The company then gives the family 200 pounds as compensation.
After the the Whites made their first wish and it coming true; out of grief and heartache from losing their son, Mrs.White makes Mr. White make the second wish. So, Mr. White grabs the monkey paw and makes the wish to bring Herbert back. After the wish was made there was a sudden quite, persistent knock on the door.
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Soon the knocking became louder and louder. As Mrs.White goes to follow her motherly instinct, Mr.White holds her back in fear of what she might open the door to. Not knowing what "state" Herbert came back as. She breaks lose from Mr.Whites grasp and runs to the door but can't reach the bolt. While Mr.White searches frantically for the paw.
Just as Mrs.White gets a chair, climbs up, and slides the bolt lock, Mr.White finds the paw and makes the third final wish. The loud persistent knocking suddenly stops. Mrs.White opens the door, but to her surprise nobody is there, and she's devastated.