The Monkey's Paw


lines 214-225 : describe the behavior of the man outisde. What might cause him to act that way?

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The man has obviously come with news that he s hesitant to share. The task of informing a family about the death of a loved one is difficult. The man had to convince himself to go in.

She was watching the mysterious movements of a man outside, who, peering in an undecided fashion at the house, appeared to be trying to make up his mind to enter. In mental connexion with the two hundred pounds, she noticed that the stranger was well dressed, and wore a silk hat of glossy newness. Three times he paused at the gate, and then walked on again. The fourth time he stood with his hand upon it, and then with sudden resolution flung it open and walked up the path.


The Monkey's Paw