In the short story "The Monkey's Paw," Mr. White is fearful. The story begins with Mr. White's fascination with the tales that Morris relates to the family about his travels in India. However, as the story progresses, Mr. White becomes fearful of the monkey's paw.
He is also doubtful of the power it may have. When Mr. White makes his first wish, he believes that the monkey's paw moves. He begins to fear the paw and is uneasy for the remainder of the night. Later, when Mrs. White presses him to make the second wish to restore Herbert's life, Mr. White is terrified that Herbert will return from the dead as he last saw him, mutilated by the accident. Because of his fear, he makes the third wish.
Lastly, Mr. White is obedient to his wife's wishes. Even though he knows it is wrong to wish "his son alive again," at his wife's insistence, he makes the second fateful wish.