At the foot of the stairs the match went out, and he paused to strike another, and at the same moment a knock, so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded on the front door. The candle end, which had burned below the rim of the china candlestick, was throwing pulsating shadows on the ceiling and walls, until, with a flicker larger than the rest, it expired.
There was an air of prosaic wholesomeness about the room which it had lacked on the previous night, and the dirty, shriveled little paw was pitched on the sideboard with a carelessness which betokened no great belief in its virtues.
Neither spoke, but both lay silently listening to the ticking of the clock. A cold wind rushed up the staircase, and a long loud wail of disappointment and misery from his wife gave him the courage to run down to her side, and then to the gate beyond. I must open the door. He dozed fitfully, and then slept until a sudden cry from his wife awoke him with a start.
White took the paw from his pocket and eyed it dubiously. It was about a week after that the old man, waking suddenly in the night, stretched out his hand and found himself alone. White, as she rose and began to set the supper.
And if they could, how could two hundred pounds hurt you, father? The next wish stems from the first. White that Herbert was killed in a machinery accident. Pitch it on the fire again, like a sensible man. The old man rose with hospitable haste and opening the door, was heard condoling with the new arrival.
A perfect fusillade of knocks reverberated through the house, and he heard the scraping of a chair as his wife put it down in the passage against the door. A fine crash from the piano greeted his words, interrupted by a shuddering cry from the old man.
The knocking ceased suddenly, although the echoes of it were still in the house. It is sort of like buying a lottery ticket knowing that you will almost surely not win, but being unable to forego the chance.
She caught her breath, and turning to her slower-witted husband, laid her trembling hand on his. He stood motionless, his breath suspended until the knock was repeated.
White then remembers the paw and what kind of power it has. White comes and comforts her. White goes to the kitchen and looks out the window to see who is there.
White makes his wish and when Mrs. Outside, the wind was higher than ever, an the old man started nervously at the sound of a door banging upstairs. Three times he paused at the gate, and then walked on again. It passed me on the stairs.
There was a long silence. While it resides in a genre, which does not sit well with literary critics, it is an excellent story with a frightful, but powerful message. White looked up sharply, just in time to intercept a knowing glance between mother and son.
He shook his head. He remembers that Herbert was mangled beyond recognition in the accident and he knows the corpse has been rotting for 10 days.Reading: Stories: The Monkey's Paw The Monkey's Paw.
A short story by W. W. Jacobs. men could each have three wishes from greedy bibulous (adjective.
The Monkey's Paw tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. White. They come into possession of a magical monkey's paw. The monkey's paw is said to have the power to grant three wishes, but Mr.
and Mrs. White are warned that their is a price that comes with the wishes. Jul 17, · It shows that this is "an ordinary night." It doesn't remain "ordinary" for long, because a man by the name of Sergeant-Major Morris comes to the house with a monkey's paw, willing to give it to them.
This paw provides the bearer with three wishes on anything they wish. A summary of Themes in W. W. Jacobs's The Monkey’s Paw.
Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Monkey’s Paw and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. In W.W. Jacobs short story "The Monkey's Paw" Mr. White is quite intrigued by the talisman Morris gives Mr.
White a magical monkey’s paw that grants three wishes. The Consequences of Greedy Wishes in the Monkey's Paw, a Short Story by W.W. Jacobs.Download