The words died away on his lips, and he hid a guilty grin in his thin grey beard.“There he is,” said Herbert White, as the gate banged to loudly and heavy footsteps came toward the door.
The old man rose with hospitable haste, and opening the door, was heard condoling with the new arrival.
The new arrival also condoled with himself, so that Mrs. ” and coughed gently as her husband entered the room, followed by a tall burly man, beady of eye and rubicund of visage.“Sergeant-Major Morris,” he said, introducing him.
The sergeant-major shook hands, and taking the proffered seat by the fire, watched contentedly while his host got out whisky and tumblers and stood a small copper kettle on the fire.
Although it’s not included in the worksheet, corrupt a wish is a great follow-up speaking activity. White, who, having seen a fatal mistake after it was too late, was amiably desirous of preventing his son from seeing it.“I’m listening,” said the latter, grimly surveying the board as he stretched out his hand.In the business of supper the talisman was partly forgotten, and afterward the three sat listening in an enthralled fashion to a second instalment of the soldier’s adventures in India.“If the tale about the monkey paw is not more truthful than those he has been telling us,” said Herbert, as the door closed behind their guest, just in time for him to catch the last train, “we shan’t make much out of it.”“Did you give him anything for it, father? White, regarding her husband closely.“A trifle,” said he, colouring slightly. And he pressed me again to throw it away.”“Likely,” said Herbert, with pretended horror.“Why, we’re going to be rich, and famous, and happy. White took the paw from his pocket and eyed it dubiously.“What was that you started telling me the other day about a monkey’s paw or something, Morris? He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow.He put a spell on it so that three separate men could each have three wishes from it.”His manner was so impressive that his hearers were conscious that their light laughter jarred somewhat.“Well, why don’t you have three, sir? The soldier regarded him in the way that middle age is wont to regard presumptuous youth.