In the short story, "The Monkey's Paw", what are two clues that foreshadow that the monkey’s paw is not a good thing?

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The short story "The Monkey's Paw" is full of foreshadowing.  The reader knows before a wish is made that the monkey paw is a dangerous object.  For one thing, the first man to have to monkey's paw is dead.  Then, the second owner of the paw tries to burn it even though it can give another man three wishes.  Rather than give the paw to a friend, the Sergeant-Major wishes to destroy it.  Surely this is an ominous sign.  The Sergeant-Major also tells the Whites that a dark spell has been put on the paw.  The characters are aware that any wish could be twisted and turned "to their sorrow."  Of course, we see the fulfilment of all this foreshadowing with the wish.