You may take this paw, but beware the consequences.
At the beginning of the story, Mr. and Mrs. White and their son Herbert are spending a quiet night at home, when they hear a knock at the door. Mr. White's friend was at the door, and his name was Sergeant-Major Morris.
We are very sorry for your loss, so please accept our offering of 200 pounds.
Sergeant-Major Morris had been through war and plagues for twenty-one years, and told his stories to the White family. As he was telling one of his stories, he brought up the monkey's paw. There was a legend that said that whoever had the monkey's paw could have three wishes. Sergeant-Major Morris had this paw, but said that this was a curse.
Are you sure that is a wise decision?
Lets use our 2nd wish to bring our son back.
Sergeant-Major Morris said he didn't want the paw anymore, so Mr. White said he would take it even when Sergeant-Major Morris advised not to. Mr. White ignored this and decided to take the monkey's paw anyways. So once the soldier left, Mr. White decided to make his first wish.
I wish for my son to leave and go back where he came from.
No, my son!
After Mr. White's wish for 200 pounds, nothing happened, so the White family went on with their lives. Herbert went to work while Mr. and Mrs. White stayed home. A few hours later, someone was at the door, a man from Herbert's work came bearing bad news. Sadly, their son had died in a terrible accident, so the company was offering 200 pounds.
Realizing this coincidence, Mr. and Mrs. White knew that the power of the monkey's paw came with a terrible price. The White family was devastated, and grieved their loss in sorrow. After the funeral, a week after, Mr. and Mrs. White were going to sleep, when a thought occurred to Mrs. White. She wanted to use the monkey's paw to bring Herbert back to life.
Reluctantly, Mr. White agreed to use one of their wishes to get their son back. A few minutes later there were knocks at the door. They knew it was their son, so Mrs. White went to open the door. Mr. White followed her, but before they opened the door, Mr. White had used his last wish to wish their son away again fearing what his son looked like and had become.