In "The Monkey's Paw," in what way has Mrs. White changed in the third part?

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By Part III of the story, Mrs. White is no longer her former outgoing and cheerful self. In her grief, she has become old and hopelessly resigned to living with a broken heart. She sometimes rises from bed during the night to weep in the darkness for her son. Out of her pain, she thinks of a desperate plan to have her son back again. She will use the monkey's paw to wish Herbert back to life. Mr. White tries to make her understand the reality and the danger of what she wants to do:

He has been dead ten days, and besides he--I would not tell you else, but--I could only recognize him by his clothing. If he was too terrible for you to see then, how now?

Mrs. White is beyond reason, however, forcing Mr. White to make the wish. When knocking is heard at the door, she tries frantically to unbolt the door to let in her son. When Mr. White uses the paw's final wish to send Herbert back to his grave, Mrs. White realizes that her son is gone. She cries out in "a long loud wail of disappointment and misery."