Sergeant Major Morris, a friend of Mr. White, arrived at their mansion. Morris told the story of the monkey's paw, and when Mr. White fished it out of the fire and said he wanted it, Morris warned him of the consequences.
Later after Morris left and supper was over, they sat in the living area and joked about the paw. Mr. White wished for 200 pounds, and then claimed that the paw twitched in his hand.
The next day, Herbert joked about the paw with Mr. White. He said that the 200 pounds would come naturally. Later into the day, a man came to their home and announced to them that Herbert had gotten caught in one of the machines, and they almost fainted when they heard the amount of money they were getting in return.
Mrs. White, a couple nights later, came up with the idea to wish her son back. Mrs. White forgot that the cemetery was only 2 miles away. When her husband tried dismissing knocking as rats, she ran down the stairs anyway,. She was too short to reach the locks and let her son in.
Mr. White was so scared of seeing his son's deformed, mangled body that he tripped down the stairs while trying to stop his wife. He had to look for the paw he dropped, and made the last wish to it when he found it. Right when she was getting a chair for it too.
The door flung open after he made the wish, and gathered the courage to join his wife after hearing her miserable wails. He ran out to the gate, and past his crying wife only to find the street was empty and lonely.