Setting- White family home.Mr. White and his son Herbert are playing a game of chess. Mrs. White is knitting by the fire.
Knock, knock, knock!!!
Sergeant-Major Morris visits the White family and introduces the monkey's paw. He also gives a foreshadowing warning about the dangers of interfering with fate.
Mr. and Mrs. White take the monkey's paw and use it grant two wishes. The first wish is for 200 pounds. The second wish is for their son to return to life. Each wish presents an unexpected consequence.
The White's second wish knocks on the door and Mr. White makes a decision.
The knocking suddenly ceases and the whites open the door to discover that no one is there.
Mrs. White is disappointed and Mr.White is relieved. We can infer that Mr. White's third wish was to cancel his second.