Mr. and Mrs. White have Sergent Major Morris over for dinner with Herbert. Mr. White makes his first wish for 200 pounds after Sergeant Major Morris warned him about the dangers of making wishes.
Herbert dies at work and Mr. and Mrs. White are given 200 pounds out of respect for their lost son. Mrs. White convinces Mr. White to wish their son back alive.
Herbert walks all the way from the cemetery to Mr. and Mrs. White's house. When he arrived night had come. Herbert bangs on the door to be let in. Mrs. White rushes to let him but cannot reach the top lock. As Mrs. White struggles to open the door Mr. scampers around the house looking for the paw to make his third and final wish for Herbert to go away.
The banging stopped. Mrs. White flings the door open but no one is there to greet her.
Mr. and Mrs. White are no longer burdened by the Monkey's paw due to Mr. White making thrid and final wish.
Foreshadowing: a literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. When Sergeant Major Morris warns Mr. White about the dangers of making a wish with the monkey's paw