One night at the Laburnam Villa, the White family is waiting for a visitor. Mr. White and his son, Herbert were playing chess while Mrs. White is by the fire. Sergeant Morris gets there and shares stories about his life.
Mr. White reminds Morris of a story he had mentioned about a monkey's paw he found in India. They said it was cursed by an old man to grant 3 seperate men 3 wishes. Mr. White tries to have the paw in his possession, but Morris doesn't want to give it to him because he knows it's dangerous.