The monkey's paw, which is a mummified hand of a monkey, is from India, where Sergeant Major Morris has been stationed. He tells that it had a spell put on if by an old fakir, a very holy man, who wanted to show "that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow." (pg 2) Three separate men can have three separate wishes. Two men have had their wishes. The first man wished for death as his third wish, and the Sergeant Major was the other man. The Sergeant Major thought he might sell it, but he feels that it has caused enough mischief. Since he has used his three wishes , Mr. White was extremely interested in becoming its new owner. The Sergeant Major took the paw and suddenly threw it into the fire, and Mr. White immediately dived in and retrieved it. The Sergeant Major told him that he wouldn't give it to him. If Mr. White kept it, the Sergeant Major could not be blamed for what happened to him.