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The Whites bury Herbert in a cemetery two miles from their house. Their home is now a dark and lonely place.
The Whites feel like they are waiting for something to happen to help them with their sadness.
One night, about a week later, Mrs. White remembers the monkey's paw.
She wants Mr. White to wish Herbert back to life. Mr. White, who isn't sure whether Herbert's death has anything to do with the paw, is totally against this idea.
But Mrs. White won't take no for an answer, so Mr. White, against his own judgment, wishes Herbert back to life.
They go back to bed. Mr. White is relieved. Herbert has been dead ten days and his body looked really horrible ten days ago. (Fatal factory accidents do that to a body.) Mr. White has no desire to see the undead version of his son.
After a while, the Whites hear someone – or something – banging on the front door.
Mrs. White decides that it just took Herbert a little while to get home, because the graveyard where he was buried is two miles away. She runs downstairs to welcome home undead Herbert.
Mr. White is scared. He wants nothing to do with undead Herbert.
He quickly makes his third wish. The story doesn't say what this wish is, but the knocking stops just as Mrs. White gets the door open.
When she steps outside, nobody there and the road is empty. She screams because Herbert isn't there.
Mr. White goes outside and comforts her.
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