Was Herbert's death by fate or chance? Give some examples from the story to support your answer.

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In my opinion, the story totally implies that Herbert's death is dues to fate and not to chance.  But it is never actually said explicitly.

First of all, it seems likely that it is fate.  That seems to be the whole point of the story -- that the paw is bringing an evil fate to anyone who is greedy enough to make a wish.

Second, we see a bit of foreshadowing when the old man makes his wish.  Herbert says that he does not see any money.  And then he goes on to say "and I bet I never shall."  This sort of implies as well that fate is going to prevent him from ever seeing the money.

So there is no proof that fate is driving events, but it sure is implied.

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