"The Monkeys Paw"

Mr. White

Mr. White

Towards the beginning of the story Mr. White is a very curious yet cautious man. He thinks before he reacts, and is a skeptic but a confident man. He has interest in the paw, which later will catch up with him. He is also a concerned father for his wife and son. He cares about his family.

Spoken Words

"What was that you were telling me the other day something about a monkey's paw or something, Morris?"

"And what is there special about it?" inquired Mr. White...

He shook his head, "Never mind, though: there's no harm done, but it gave me a shock all the same."

"It is foolish and wicked," he faltered.

"Don't let it in," cried the old man, trembling.


' ... and a horrible fear that the unspoken wish might bring his mutilated son before him...'

'He was afraid of her.'

'... and remained in a state of expectation was though if something else which was to lighten this load.'

'... who having seen a fatal mistake after it was too late...'

'... he found that he had lost his direction of the door.'

Effects On Other Characters

Mr. White effects the Sergeant by upsetting him when he refuses to throw the paw into the fire. He also makes Morris anxious when he is about to wish for his wife to have four arms. Herbert is intrigued by his father's decision to keep the paw and what he will wish for. Then Herbert is effected because the first wish turned to end up killing him. His wife is effected by the decision that he does not want to wish Herbert alive again.


'Mr. White looked up sharply, just in time to intercept a knowing glance between mother and son.'

'The three listeners leaned forward eagerly.'

'Mr. White took the paw from his pocket and eyed it dubiously.'

'He started up in alarm.'

'Mr. White dropped his wife's hand, and in rising to his feet gazed with a look of horror at his visitor.'

Looks and Apperearance

Mr. White has grey hair and a grey beard, and he is very old. At night he wears pajamas. At some points of the story he has a pipe in his mouth. Another characteristic the book describes, the body, as old and weak(heart and hands).

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