The characters are Mrs and Mr. White, Herbert, and Sergeant Major Morris. Morris travels the world and he brought a severed monkeys's paw to show, that Morris said had magical powers to grant wishes. But the man that had the paw before Morris made 2 out 3 wishes that were okay but the third wish as for death. Morris suddenly threw the paw in the fire and said "Better let it burn".
Since Morris threw the paw in the fire Mr. White took it out and said "If you don't want it give it to me". Before Morris threw the paw in the fire he talked about selling it and how people would trick him into giving them a wish before paying.
Herbert said to wish for 200 pounds to pay the house payment. Then Mr. White went over to the piano to play some solemn tunes. Mr. White wishes he could get 200 pounds to pay off the mortgage. Herbert then went to his work
Later during the day Herbert left for work Mrs.White ran to the door because there mailman handing the whites a bill. After that happened Mrs. White saw a well dressed man pacing around on the street in front of the house. The man eventually came to the door. The man seemed worried and confused. Mrs. White let him in the man proceeded to say " I-was asked to call, I am from Maw and Meggins". Mrs. White said "Is anything wrong, has anything happened to Herbert what is is".
Mrs. White demanded an answer to " Is he hurt", and then the visitor looked down and said "badly hurt, but he is not in any pain". Then Mrs. White said "Thank God Thank God for That". The visitor was giving clear body language saying that Herbert was dead, then he said "He got caught up in the machinery. The visitor said that "Maw and Meggins is responsible for this so they will pay the Whites 200 pounds. Herbert's parents buried him in a cemetery 2 miles away.
Weeks passed and one night Mr. White heard a crying noise at the window. It was his wife. Mr. White said "Get in bed you will get cold" then Mrs. White said "My son will be colder", and she kept crying on but it got quieter as Mr. White fell asleep. Until Mrs. White with a big yell woke Mr. White. She said "the paw". "Go get it and wish my boy alive again. So Mr. White got the paw and wished their boy alive again. Nothing happended so they went to bed. Then they heard a noise. It was knocking. Mrs. White ran to the door but Mr. White ran to the living room to get the paw as Mrs. White was struggling to get the door open. Mr. White got the paw and wished just as Mrs. White got the door open. There was nothing.