The first wish was the only tragic wish that was granted. White, his son Herbert, and an old man were sitting around playing chess. His last story was about a magical mummified monkey’s paw.
He talked about some of his war experiences, and then of India. They are sleeping when they hear a knocking sound at their front door. White goes downstairs to answer the door even though Mr. I think that using a monkey’s paw instead of a lamp was creative, and that people appreciate something different every now and then.
The Sergeant-Major took hands and taking the proffered seat by the fire, watched contentedly as his host got out whiskey and tumblers and stood a small copper kettle on the fire.
At the third glass his eyes got brighter, and he began to talk, the little family circle regarding with eager interest this visitor from distant parts, as he squared his broad shoulders in the chair and spoke of wild scenes and doughty deeds; of wars and plagues and strange peoples."Twenty-one years of it," said Mr. "When he went away he was a slip of a youth in the warehouse.
White, mad with grief, insists that her husband use the paw to wish Herbert back to life. A great number of novels, stories, movies, plays and comics are variations or adaptations of the story, featuring similar plots built around wishes that go awry in macabre ways, occasionally with references to monkey's paws or to the story itself.
Reluctantly he does so, despite a premonition of summoning his son's mutilated and decomposing body. The story is frequently parodied on television shows and in comic books.
He sat down in the seat nearest the fire, and after several glasses of whiskey he began to talk. A man comes and visits the Whites telling them that their son Herbert had been killed, and then he gibes them 200 pounds. Whites first wish is the main reason he uses a second and third wish. White did not want to use a second wish but his wife insisted that they wish their son back to life. White wishes his son back to life, but nothing happens so they go to sleep. With the three wishes as the main parts of the story; the author was able to lead you one way and then suddenly change direction.
The sergeant-major tells the family that the old dried out monkey’s paw has a spell put on it by an old fakir.
Just as he made his wish the knocking stopped, and his wife opened the door. The author never really says, but one can assume that he wished he had never made his second wish.
White found the monkey’s paw and made his third and final wish.