Who are the characters in the story "The Monkey's Paw"?

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The characters in The Monkey's Paw are as follows:

Sergeant Major Morris - a military officer who has served in India for many years, who visits the White family.

The Monkey's Paw - the shriveled, dried paw that acts as an evil charm granting wishes with grave and tragic consequences.

Mr. White - the father in the story who becomes intrigued with the monkey's paw.  His first wish, for 200 pounds, starts the tragic chain of events which result in his son's death. Who in the end has to use his two remaining wishes to try and undo the consequences of his first wish.    

Mrs. Whitethe wife and mother in the story.  Mother of Herbert,  who pleads with her husband to use the monkey's paw to bring her dead son back from the grave. At the end of the story, she scrambles to open the door to let into the house, what she thinks is her son returned from the grave.

Herbert - the son, who along with his parents does not really believe that the monkey's paw has any power at all.  He becomes a victim of his father's first wish. Herbert is killed in an accident on the job.  He is crushed in a machine at the factory where he worked.

The stranger who brings the compensation check for $00 pounds,  to the Whites after Herbert is killed on the job.