How does the opening scene of "The Monkey's Paw" help to create a mood of mystery and uneasiness?

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W. W. Jacobs creates an eerie sense of ominous foreboding in the opening scene of his short story masterpiece, "The Monkey's Paw." The cold, wet weather and the wind outside helps to create the sense that Mother Nature is presenting a warning to the family inside, warm at the fire. The Whites live "so far out" in an "out-of-the-way place," yet they are anxiously waiting a visitor on such a dreary night. Jacobs' use of vocabulary also presents a sense of the macabre: In the chess game being played by father and son, Mr. White puts his king in "unnecessary perils" before "grimly" sensing his "fatal mistake." The usually quiet father "bawled... with sudden and unlooked for violence" when he spoke of their visitor's trek to their home before the words "died away on his lips." 

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