The White family speaks to Srgt. Major Morris. He tells them of a mysterious monkey’s paw that can grant wishes. Mr. White takes the paw.
Mr. White wishes for 200 £, and Herbert goes off to work. A man arrives at the White family’s home and informs them that their son got caught in the machinery. They are then given compensation of 200£.
Mrs. White wakes up Mr. White in the middle of the night. She tells him to get the paw and wish for Herbert to be alive again. He does it, and later that night they here a knock at the door. “It’s Herbert!” Shouts Mrs. White before running downstairs.
Mrs. White rushes to the door, and cannot get it open. Mr. White grabs the monkey's paw and wishes for Herbert to be gone again.
Mrs. White opens the door to find that no one is there. Mr. and Mrs. White then break down in tears.
Many people believe that a broken mirror brings about bad luck. It is also widely believed that mirrors show a persons soul, and if someone looks into a broken mirror, their soul is broken and death is right around the corner.