The main characters are Mr. White, Mrs. White, Herbert White and Sergeant Major Morris. The story takes place in the home of the White's in England during the 1800's. The Whites learn about a magical monkey's paw. The tone started off peaceful and turned suspenseful.
There is nothing here.
Mr. White comes into contact with the monkey's paw and the story of it. When Mr. White makes his first wish the story starts providing suspense. Mr. White is torn between his devotion to his wife by making a second wish and not interfering with fate a second time.
Sergeant Major Morris shows the Whites the monkey's paw and they make a wish. The company person brings 200 pounds, the amount of the first wish, as compensation for Herbert's death. Mrs. White wants to wish their son alive again, Mr. White doesn't, but he wishes anyway.
Mrs. White figured that they've wished their son alive again. Mr. White does not want to wish anymore because he thinks they've had enough pain. The story is at the peak of suspense when Mrs. White is trying to open the door for the knocker, believed to be Herbert, while Mr. White is frantically searching for the monkey's paw.
Where is it?!
Mr. White makes his third and final wish, for whatever is at the door to be gone. When he heard Mrs. White in disappoint and misery he ran to her side. They looked at the road, nothing was there.
There is nothing at the door once they open it. Mr White has used all three wishes. The reader can conclude that it might have been Herbert at the door, but whatever it was Mr. White had wished it away and he is relieved.