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CaptCoconut: [M] TL;DR: The Monkey’s Paw story

Some people have mentioned they wanted to see a tl;dr of the original story.

The story focuses on Mr. White, Mrs. White, and their adult son Herbert.

An old family friend named Sergeant-Major Morris shows up at the White's house sharing stories of his adventures. During the talks Morris pulls out an old mummified monkey's paw, said to have a spell placed on it to grant three men three wishes each. Morris used his three, as had another man. Morris wants to dispose of it, but worries about selling it. So he throws it in the fire. Mr. White rescues the paw despite Morris' warnings about messing with fate, but eventually Morris gives in and shares the secret of making a wish.

Morris leaves after supper and Mr. White is unsure of what to wish for, feeling he has everything he needs. He ends up wishing for £200 to pay off the rest of his mortgage and the paw moves in his hand. After Mr. And Mrs. White go to bed, Herbert sees a vivid monkey face in the fire, so he puts it out and goes to bed.

The next day Herbert goes to work at a factory. He dies in an accident. He got caught in the machinery. His work sends a representative home to tell the family that the business claims no fault, but as compensation will pay them £200. Mr. White faints.

Mrs. White is angry and grief stricken, she demands that Mr. White wishes their son back to life, and he does so.

Some time passes and loud knocking on the door sounds. Mrs. White realizes it took so long for the knocking after the wish because Herbert would to walk the two miles home from the graveyard.

Mrs. White races downstairs to open the door, and Mr. White, fearing that it is the mutilated body of his son, made his third wish. As Mrs. White opened the door, there's nothing to be seen.

Tl;dr for the tl;dr: Man wishes for £200 and his son dies as a result. He wishes his son back alive and a loud knocking is heard on the door. His third wish makes whatever is knocking vanish.

The Monkey's Paw isn't about weird side effects or clever rephrasing, it's about messing with fate and having hellish consequences for your wishes.

I'm not here to pass judgement on people's wishes or answers, or the spirit of the subreddit, just passing this along since a few people have been asking for something like this.

Edit: correcting some details

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It’s actually never said that there’s a mutilated body 🙂 just that something is knocking at the door.

I read the story last night. Its worth reading the whole thing, and it isn’t very long.

One element that seems important to the story is the origin of the paw. The sergeant-major says it was cursed by an old fakir as a way of illustrating the pointlessness of of challenging fate.

Perhaps even more important might be the fact the wishes come true in ways that are subtle and seemingly natural. Enough so that the whole thing could be written of as coincidence.

Another interesting fact: The original owner’s first two wishes are unknown, but his final wish was to die. The sergeant-major says that is how he become the paw’s new owner. That would suggest the original owner was killed by the sergeant-major and passed on the paw as he lay dieing. That’s my take, at least.

If you enjoyed the Monkey’s Paw, might I suggest reading Pet Sematary by Stephen King. It was influenced by the Paw and is one of his darkest books.

Granted. No one reads it

This is really similar to some other story I read as a kid, “La Giacca Stregata” by Dino Buzzati. It’s one of the short stories in his book “Il Colombre” (Le K, in french).

A guy finds a magical vest that always has money in it. Always. Whenever he wants to have some money, he founds the entire sum in the pockets. One day he realizes that all of that money actually does come from other people, making them miserable. First it’s an old lady dying in a fire, and the insurance money is then mysteriously stolen from her children. Then it’s a bank robbery, etc.

He ultimately burns the vest.