Sargent major visits the whites. Sargent tells some tales about his trip to India and how he obtained the monkeys paw. Tells them a fakir has put a spell on it so that the users will understand that fate ruled peoples lives.
Sargent-major threw the paw into the fire. Because he knows that the wishes can come with great consequences. he tells Mr. white that the firts man that used his wishes has died and that it would be best if the paw was destroyed.
As Sargent-major Morris exited the house Mr.white quickly snatched the paw out of the fire because he wanted three wishes. Herbert, Mr. whites son thinks that the story is a hoax.
The first wish was for 200 pounds but nothing happened immediately. Later Mr. white gets the money from Herbert's factory after he is accidentally pulled into a machine and mangled to death.
The second wish is thought of by Mrs. White, It is to bring her son back from the dead. Again nothing happens for awile. as they went to bed they heard someone or something at their door, then they heard loud knocking.
As Mrs.White hurry's to the door Mr. White scrabbles to find the paw. he finds it and as Mrs. White is opening the door he wishes to whatever is at the door go back to where it came from. Mrs. White Opens the door to find nothing but the dark empty night.