When Mr White foolishly tests out the monkey's paw by wishing for £200, he and his son joke about how it will be found wrapped up on top of some dusty item of furniture. Yet the real truth is far more disturbing and sinister. Instead of being found somewhere or coming into the Whites' possession without any real cost on their part, the £200 comes to them at such a massively disproportionate price it emphasises the full horror of the money's paw and what it does. The £200 is given to them by the company where their son works as a token of sympathy because of their son's terrible death when, the very next day, he was trapped in the machinery and died. Note what the messenger from the company says:
"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."
The "certain compensation," as Mr and Mrs White are terrified and appalled to hear, is of course precisely £200. The truth of what they had been told about the monkey's paw, that it was meant to show humans the folly of trying to interfere in their fate, is shown to be completely just.