What did the holy man want to prove to people by putting the spell on the paw? Has the holy man made his point?
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"It had a spell put on it by an old Fakir," said the Sargeant-Major, "a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow. He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it."
Considering the Sargeant-Major's confession that the first man to wish made his third wish for death, in addition to the fact the Sargeant-Major wants to destroy it..... I'd say the fakir made his point.
"The first man had his three wishes. Yes," was the reply, "I don't know what the first two were, but the third was for death. That's how I got the paw."
The soldier shook his head. "Fancy I suppose," he said slowly." I did have some idea of selling it, but I don't think I will. It has caused me enough mischief already.
The Monkey's Paw