The Monkey's Paw

The story opens with a quote, how does this quote serve as a precursor to events of the story?

At the beginning of the story 

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The story opens with a comment about chess and radical changes. Mr. White takes unnecessary and foolish chances in the game, in the same way he makes deadly decisions and takes risks while wishing on the monkey's paw. The most radical mistake, of course, being the death of Herbert, his only son. 


The Monkey's Paw