Examples of the foreshadowing of death in W. W. Jacobs' short story "The Monkey's Paw":
- While playing chess with Herbert, the father put his king into "unnecessary perils."
- Over the chess board, Herbert's father, realizing he had made a "fatal mistake," remarks " 'Hark at the wind.' "
- Sergeant-Major Morris mentions that interfering with the paw put people in peril, and " 'did so to their sorrow.' "
- Morris tells the Whites that the previous owner's third wish involved death.
- Morris further warns " 'don't blame me for what happens.' "
- Herbert jokes that his first wish may " 'drop on his head from the sky.' "
The previous examples all come from the first two chapters of the story. There are other examples that foreshadow Herbert's return following the terrible accident.