At the beginning of the story the White family is sitting around the living room when Sargent Major Morris knocks on the door and show’s Mr. White a monkey paw and tells him about it. Morris insists on throwing the Paw into the fire but Mr.White keeps it.
Mr.White makes his first wish. He wishes for 200 euros and then he goes to bed. “I wish for 200 pounds.”
Mr.White’s second wish was forced upon him by his wife. He wished for his son to come back to life. His son was banging on the front door and Mrs.White tried to open the door. “There was another knock, and another.”
Mr.White looked for the paw and found it under the table. Just before Mrs.White opened the door, Mr. White made his third and final wish and wished his son dead again. “But her husband was on his hands and knees groping wildly on the floor in search for the paw, and frantically breathed his third and last wish.”
When Mrs. White opened the door he son was not there and it was silent again. “A cold wind rushed up the staircase, and a long loud wail of disappointment and misery from his wife gave him courage to run down to her side, and then to the gate beyond. The street lamp flickering opposite shone on a quiet and deserted road.”
One common superstition is Friday the 13th. For a superstition, the fear of Friday the 13th seems fairly new, dating back to the late 1800s. Friday has long been considered an unlucky day (according to Christian tradition, Jesus died on a Friday), and 13 has a long history as an unlucky number.