sergant major did not want anything for it
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Mr. White gave the Sargeant-Major a trifle for the monkey's paw.
"Did you give him anything for it, father?" inquired Mrs. White, regarding her husband closely.
"A trifle," said he, colouring slightly. "He didn't want it, but I made him take it. And he pressed me again to throw it away."
The Monkey's Paw