W. W. Jacobs was a skilled professional. He knew how to keep reader interest by incorporating some element of conflict into every scene. For example, when Mr. White first gets possession of the monkey's paw, there is a conflict with his friend the sergeant-major who doesn't want to give it to him. Then when he uses it to make his first wish he experiences an inner conflict because he is afraid of the consequences, while at the same time there is an external conflict with both his wife and his son Herbert who keep urging him to make the wish. When the representative from Maw and Meggins arrives, that man is obviously experiencing an inner conflict about entering their house.
The fourth time he stood with his hand upon it, and then with sudden resolution flung it open and walked up the path.
Three times he turns back from the Whites' front gate. The poor man doesn't want to have to tell them that their son is dead. No doubt he also feels guilty about having to tell them that the company...
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