The White's sit in their house waiting for a friend to arive. It's around the early 1800's and they live in a boggy area where not many people live. As they wait, they play a game of chess.
A knock at the door sounds the arivle of Moress, the friend they were waiting for. He comes in and tells storys of his world travels and shows the family a monkeys paw that is cursed. He throws it into a fire and when Mr. White saves it, he tells them its not worth it. Moress leaves it with the family.
The family makes jokes about the paw and think about what to wish for. Mr. White wishes for 200 pounds to pay off the house. After Mrs. and Mr. White go to bed, their son, Herbert sits by the fire and clames to see a monkey like face before he too went to bed. In the morning there was no money to be found. Herbert went to work after the family ate breakfast and died, he was crushed.
In the middle of the night Mr. White wakes and hears his wife weeping for her lost son. as they morn she screams for her husband to get the paw and wish their son alive again! He does as she wishes, but no boy comes back to the home so they go back to bed.
As the night dragged on Mr. White went down the stairs to get a candle when he hears a nock on the door. He bults up the stairs and tells his wife it was a rat, even though more loud knocking shook the hosue. Mrs. White realised it was Herburt and ran down the stairs to open the door.
As Mrs. White fumbles to open the door Mr. White searches for the paw. Once found he breathes his final wish. The loud knocking sliences as soon as Mrs. White throws open the door. Once Mr. and Mrs. White were both out side and only saw the flickering street light, Mrs. White groaned into the blackness. Morning for her lost son.