It was a wet and cold night at the home of the White's when all of a sudden they heard a knock at the door. When Mr. White went to open the door he saw Sergeant Major Morris and invited him inside.
Sergeant sat down and told them about the monkey paw, and how it gave the owner three wishes; they each came with consequences. He then throws it into the fire and Mr. White goes to get it. The Sergeant tells Mr. White that he is not responsible for any of the things the paw does.
Once the Sergeant leaves Herbert tells his father to wish for 200 pounds. Mr. White wishes for the 200 pounds and it does not come true and Herbert gets angry. The next morning Herbert goes to work and the White's get a strange visitor that tells them that Herbert had died at work, and that they get a 200 pound compensation from the company.
Falling Action/ Resolution
That night Mrs. and Mr. White had been laying in bed and Mrs.White thought of the idea to use the monkeys paw to wish her son back to life. She made Mr. White go down and grab the paw so that she could make her wish. After the wish had been made both of them heard a knock at the door, and Mrs. White got up to go answer it.
After trying to convince his wife not to open the door and Mrs. White going to answer it anyways, Mr. White hurried to find the monkey paw to make his third wish. His final wish would be that nobody would be at the door when Mrs. White opened it.
When Mrs. White answered the door there was nobody there. Which means that Mr. White's third wish had come true. Although the resolution is unclear the readers can make a prediction on how Mrs. White is going to react when she finds out what her husband used the last wish on.