While it is storming outside, Hubert and Mr. White are playing chess. Mrs. White is getting the house all clean for the arrival of Sergeant Major Morris and knitting while they wait..
Sergent Major Morris arrives and starts telling the family of all of his stories from his adventures in war. He then started talking about a monkey paw and took it out of his pocket and threw it into the fire.
Mr. White buys it from the Sergeant, even though the Sergeant warned him about the consequences that could come from each wish. Mr. White didn't believe him. Later that night Mr. White wished to have 200 pounds. Nothing happened, but the next day Hubert was killed and they were given 200 pounds. That is when they made a second wish. They wished for their son, Hubert, to come back to life.
Later that night they hear a loud knocking on the door. Mrs. White really wanted to open the door, but Mr. White stopped her. He feared of what was behind that door.
Mr. White began searching for the monkey's paw, and made the third wish.
The knocking stopped and Mrs. White opened the door to just see nobody and an empty street.