When the Father ( Mr. White ) and the son ( Herbert ) are sitting in the living room they are playing chess, as the mom ( Mr.White ) sits there and sews. We are then introduced to Sergeant Major Morris, as he comes back from Asia. We are then introduced to the monkey's paw, and Sergeant Major Morris tries to burn it in the fireplace. Mr.White then tells him if he isn't going to use it then he should get it. Then Mr. White wishes for 200 pounds to pay if his house
The next day Herbert goes to work at the sawmill. Where he is found dead. He parents then find out and are given 200 pounds for his death.