In "The Monkey's Paw," what were the three wishes made by Mr.White?

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Mr. White, in W. W. Jacobs' short story "The Monkey's Paw," makes three wishes. Given that the talisman is supposed to give the possessor of it three total wishes, Mr. White takes complete advantage of all three (even after initially not wanting to make a second wish after the catastrophe which followed his first wish).

Mr. White's first wish is one which he believes to be sensible given the warning provided by Major Morris:

"If you must wish," he said, gruffly, "wish for something sensible."

Mr. White's first wish was for 200 pounds (given it was sensible because it would only "clear the house").
Mr. White did get his 200 pounds, at the cost of his son's life.

Mr. White's second wish was made because his wife pressured him to. His second wish was to bring back his son.

Immediately after the wish is made, Mr. White becomes very frightened. He seems to understand that the consequences of the wishes far surpass the wishes. Not soon after making the wish to bring back his son, Mr. White made his third wish. The knocking which was heard at the door immediately stopped. In the end, Mr. White's last wish was meant to cancel out his second wish.

 

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