The Monkey's Paw

Which fact or incident indicates that the monkey paw was a bad thing or should have been thrown away.

Which fact or incident indicate that the monkey paw was a bad thing or should have been thrown away

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The monkey's paw was a "bad thing" and should have been thrown away or destroyed. The Sargeant-Major attempts to do this early in the story, but Mr. White saves the paw from the flames.

He took the paw, and dangling it between his front finger and thumb, suddenly threw it upon the fire. White, with a slight cry, stooped down and snatched it off.

"Better let it burn," said the soldier solemnly.

"If you don't want it, Morris," said the old man, "give it to me."

"I won't," said his friend doggedly. "I threw it on the fire. If you keep it, don't blame me for what happens. Pitch it on the fire again, like a sensible man."

The other shook his head and examined his new possession closely. "How do you do it?" he inquired.

"Hold it up in your right hand and wish aloud,' said the sergeant-major, "but I warn you of the consequences."

The first incident that confirms the curse of the paw is the death of the White's son. Mr. White lost his son but received his wish. It was a cursed bargain.

"I wish for two hundred pounds," said the old man distinctly.


"I was to say that Maw and Meggins disclaim all responsibility," continued the other. "They admit no liability at all, but in consideration of your son's services they wish to present you with a certain sum as compensation."

Mr. White dropped his wife's hand, and rising to his feet, gazed with a look of horror at his visitor. His dry lips shaped the words, "How much?"

"Two hundred pounds," was the answer.


The Monkey's Paw