How did Herbert die in "The Monkey's Paw"?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The following quote from "The Monkey's Paw" is a clue to the kind of factory in which the accident occurred.

"I--was asked to call," he said at last, and stooped and picked a piece of cotton from his trousers. "I come from 'Maw and Meggins.'"

The visitor from Maw and Meggins must have picked up the little piece of cotton at the factory, since there would have been none around the Whites' home. Herbert must have worked in a textile manufacturing plant, where there would have been plenty of bits of cotton in the air. The visitor himself is obviously an e executive and would be wearing a woolen suit, which could easily pick up a bit of floating lint. He is a fastidious man and would work in an office, not near the machinery. His gesture of removing the piece of cotton from his trousers suggests that he had to visit the scene of the accident. There were many such textile plants in England, of course. That was where and how the Industrial Revolution started. The cotton came from the Deep South in America, but slavery had ended there with the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. 

There was a natural explanation for Herbert's accident. He had stayed up late the night before and had drunk more whiskey than usual because of the visitor from India. When he went to work he might have been groggy and somewhat drowsy. The Sergeant-Major had explained that the wishes were fulfilled in such a way that they could seem like sheer coincidences.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In the short story, "The Monkey's Paw,'  Herbert works for a company called Maw and Meggins.  A worker is sent to the White's house and told to let them know their son, Herbert has been in an "accident."  He tells them that "Herbert is not in any pain."  The man also tells them that Herbert got caught in the "machinery."  He is dead and the company while accepting no responsibility for the accident offers the Whites 200 pounds for the loss of their son.

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nurfahmy2020 | eNotes Newbie

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In the story the monkey's paw says Herbert was working a small victory in castle road he accidentally dead the machinery of victory and the two old people lost there one  son for the unhappiness paw that they wish for a money.   

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