In "The Monkey's Paw," the White family's initial response to Sergeant Major Morris's claims about the monkey's paw is mainly what? 

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The initial response that the White family has about the monkey's paw (from W.W. Jacobs' short story "The Monkey's Paw") is one of curiosity. All three members of the family ask questions and listen with interest to Sergeant-Major Morris's tale.

Soon after, it seems that Mrs. White loses...

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The initial response that the White family has about the monkey's paw (from W.W. Jacobs' short story "The Monkey's Paw") is one of curiosity. All three members of the family ask questions and listen with interest to Sergeant-Major Morris's tale.

Soon after, it seems that Mrs. White loses interest in the paw, even questions its powers given the suggestion she makes for a wish. Rising to finish dinner, Mrs. White asks her husband to wish for something quite obnoxious (and funny):

Sounds like the 'Arabian Nights'", said Mrs. White, as she rose and began to set the supper. "Don't you think you might wish for four pairs of hands for me."

Actually, after this comment, the entire family burst into laughter as if the monkey's paw was as ridiculous as the hopeful wish.

Her husband drew the talisman from his pocket, and all three burst into laughter as the Sergeant-Major, with a look of alarm on his face, caught him by the arm.

Obviously, the Sergeant-Major has far more respect for the monkey's paw than do the Whites.

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