Define the allusion, voice and magic 3 in "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs.

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In "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs, a Sergeant Major Morris, "a visitor from distant parts (India)," comes to visit the Whites, for whom he used to work. When Mr. White remarks that he would like to travel to such an exotic place of "old temples, fakirs, and jugglers," the sergeant shakes his head and tells White that he is "better where [he] is."  Then, Mr. White alludes to the monkey's paw of which the sergeant major has previously spoken.

Offhandedly, the sergent major replies, "Well, it's just a bit of what you might call magic, perhaps."  This paw had a spell put on it by a fakir and it grants three wishes to the owner.  The "holy man" wishes to prove

that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow.  He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it."

Here the foreshadowing is enough to let the reader know that something frigtening will happen, but the hints are still vague enough to create suspense.  Of course, the lure of riches is too great and the Whites keep the paw to grant their wishes.  Truly, their fate is sorrow as Mr. White has not calculated on the source of the money that his son tells him to  wish for, and the results are tragically macabre.

While the element of suspense and the strange is prevalent, Jacobs's use of Herbert's slang and the dialogues make the characters seem real to the reader. (voice)