In "The Monkey's Paw," does Mrs. White's allusion to The Arabian Nights have any implied or hidden significance in the story?
The arrival of Sergeant Major Morris, who has probably been in the English colony of India [this story was published in 1902], brings with him a monkey's paw that he has acquired from a fakir, or ascetic who is thought to have mystic powers, although in more modern times the term fakir has come to be used pejoratively for beggars who chant holy names, scripture, or verses. At any rate, there is something of the mystical and exotic attached to this severed monkey's paw.
After the sergeant throws the paw into the fire, Mr. White retrieves it because he dismisses the power of this paw...
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