What are two external traits of Major Morris and two internal traits for Mrs White in "The Monkey's Paw"?

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Major Morris is described as "a tall, burly man, beady of eye and rubicund of visage." Thus, he is tall and muscular, which means he probably has an intimidating presence. Yet his eyes are beady and his face is flushed or red, which suggests he may be hiding something. Indeed, it is implied that he is a heavy drinker, although he seems to have an excuse for it in his experiences with the monkey's paw. He is also quite talkative, willing to tell stories of his experiences in the military.

Mrs. White is actually quite playful. When Morris first brings out the paw, she remarks "Don't you think you might wish for four pairs of hands for me?" She is teasing her husband for not helping her with the chores. When her son describes her husband as "henpecked", she chases him around the table, threatening to hit him. So she seems to have a light-hearted personality. However, she greatly loves her son, as evident by the torment she suffers after his death. So although she jokes, she is actually a very sensitive woman, who is very attached to her family.