They hear him coming back…from the dead, clearly lurching, zombie-like. If you are looking for a positive trait it would definitely have to be his quick understanding of what he has unleashed with his second wish and what precisely is knocking at the door. This section contains 3,558 words approx. The first wish is made by Mr. Sometimes they hardly exchanged a word, for now they had nothing to talk about, and their days were long to weariness.
White's risky nature and his love of experimentation, which perhaps reflects why he is so eager to try out the monkey's paw with a wish: Mr. He put down the empty glass and sighning softly, shook it again. Path's a bog, and the road's a torrent. Includes full text of story and detailed answer keys. Neither spoke, but sat silently listening to the ticking of the clock. In what time period would you set it? It seems to me I've got all I want. The sounds of her sobs died away on his ears.
In the business of supper the talisman was partly forgotten, and afterward the three sat listening in an enthralled fashion to a second installment of the soldier's adventures in India. The rising action peaks when the Whites realize that their less-than-specific wish has an alternate possibility--that Herbert may be revived but in his deathly, crippled state. I suppose because only two houses in the road are let, they think it doesn't matter. Perhaps the best example comes at the end of Chapter I just after the Whites acquire the paw from Sergeant-Major Morris and make their first wish--for 200 pounds. White's second wish came true? She caught her breath, and turning to her slower-witted husband, laid her trembling hand on his. White choose what he does for his first wish? White playing a game with at the beginning of the book? Father and son were at chess; the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical chances, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire. Sergeant Morris took the monkey paw and threw it upon the fire.
It's best to appreciate the things you have rather than constantly pine. It got so vivid that, with a little uneasy laugh, he felt on the table for a glass containing a little water to throw over it. How would the ending be different had Mrs. His three listeners leaned forward eagerly. White dropped his wife's hand, and rising to his feet, gazed with a look of horror at his visitor.
The rest of the story on the whole focuses on him and his gradual understanding of the power of the monkey's paw and how interfering with the fate that rules our lives only brings us sorrow - as the fakir created the monkey's paw to show us. And if they could, how could two hundred pounds hurt you, father? The street lamp flickering opposite shone on a quiet and deserted road. White feels the paw move, and a depressing feeling of uneasiness falls upon the family for the remainder of the night. Does the story inspire you to write a story of your own? She brought the stranger, who seemed ill at ease, into the room. The fourth time he stood with his hand upon it, and then with sudden resolution flung it open and walked up the path.
He heard the chair drawn back, and the door opened. The new arrival also condoled with himself, so that Mrs. White dropped it back in his pocket, and placing chairs, motioned his friend to the table. The soldier regarded him the way that middle age is wont to regard presumptuous youth. A loud knock resounded through the house. He had kept it after using it, but now wants to destroy it, so that no one else would tempt fate by using powers beyond their control.
He heard the chain rattle back and the bolt drawn slowly and stiffly from the socket. What is the weather like at the beginning of the book? White keeps the paw, and at Herbert's suggestion, wishes for £200 to pay off the mortgage. Morris apparently loves being the center of attention and to tell stories about his travels in the service. He dozed fitfully, and then slept until a sudden wild cry from his wife awoke him with a start. Her husband followed to the landing, and called after her appealingly as she hurried downstairs. The difference between this tale and its many variations is the way that it incorporates terror and suspense in its narration. They do indeed get their 200 pounds, but at a price they would never be willing to pay.
He sat until he was chilled with the cold, glancing occasionally at the figure of the old woman peering through the window. The matches fell from his hand and spilled in the passage. It tells the story of the White family, mother, father and son Herbert, who are visited by a friend, Sergeant Major Morris, who has spent time in India. I must open the door. The knocking ceased suddenly, although the echoes of it were still in the house.