The Monkey's Paw
"Monkey's paw?" said Mrs. White, curiously.
"Well, it's just a bit of what you might call magic, perhaps," said the sergeant-major, offhandedly. (1.21)
"It had a spell put on it by an old fakir," said the sergeant-major, "a very holy man. [...] He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it." (1.26)
The soldier shook his head. "Fancy, I suppose," he said, slowly. "I did have some idea of selling it, but I don't think I will. It has caused enough mischief already. Besides, people won't buy. They think it's a fairy tale; some of them, and those who do think anything of it want to try it first and pay me afterward." (1.36)