Suddenly Tom Morris stood up. 'Don't do it!' he cried.
The old soldier's face was white. Herbert and his mother laughed, but Mr White looked at Tom's face.
Old Mr White was afraid and he put the monkey's paw into his pocket.
(1) The soldier told the family many strange and wonderful stories about India. They forgot the monkey's paw, and because the soldier's stories were interesting, they asked him many questions about India. When Tom Morris stood up to leave, it was very late.
'Thank you for a very nice evening,' Morris said to the family. 'And thank you for a very good dinner,' he said to Mrs White.
'It was a wonderful evening for us, Tom,' Old Mr White answered. 'Your stories were very interesting. (2) You can tell us some more stories about India.'
Then the old soldier put on his coat. He said goodbye to the White family, and went out into the rain.
It was nearly midnight. In their warm living-room, the two old people and their son sat and talked about the soldier's stories.
'India is a wonderful country,' Mr White said. 'What exciting stories! It was a good evening.'
'Yes,' Herbert said. 'Morris told some interesting stories, but, (4) '
'Oh Herbert!' Mrs White said.
'Well, Mother, that story about the monkey's paw wasn't true. A dirty little monkey's paw isn't magic! But it was a good story.' And Herbert smiled.
'Well, I think you're right, Herbert,' his mother said.
'I don't know,' Mr White said quietly. ' (5) '
After a minute or two they sat down at the table and began to have dinner. Our life isn't very exciting and we don't have the money to visit India, so please come again soon. Mrs White stood up to take some things into the kitchen, but she stopped and listened to Herbert and his father. of course, some of them weren't true. Perhaps the story was true, strange things can happen sometimes.
突然，汤姆·莫里斯站起来。“不要这样！”他喊道。 老兵的脸变白了。赫伯特和他的母亲笑了起来，但怀特先生却看着汤姆的脸。 老怀特先生害怕了，他把猴爪放进了口袋。 一两分钟后，他们坐在桌旁开始吃晚饭。老兵告诉这一家许多有关印度的新奇的故事。他们暂时忘了猴爪，因为老兵的故事很有趣，他们问了许多有关印度的问题。当汤姆·莫里斯起来要走时，天色已经很晚了。 “感谢有这么一个美好的夜晚，”莫里斯对这一家人道谢，“感谢有这样一顿美好的晚餐，”他对怀特太太说。 “汤姆，对我们来说这也是一个美好的夜晚，”老怀特先生回答道，“你的故事很有趣。我们的生活很平淡，我们没有钱去印度，所以请你尽快再来，你可以告诉我们更多关于印度的故事。” 接着老兵穿上衣服，和怀特一家道别后，他就消失在雨中。 已经快半夜了。在他们温暖的客厅里，两位老人和他们的儿子在谈论着老兵的故事。 “印度是一个神奇的国家，”怀特先生说，“多么激动人心的故事！多么美好的夜晚。” 怀特太太站起来要拿东西进厨房，但她却停下来听赫伯特和他父亲谈话。 “是的，”赫伯特说，“莫里斯讲了一些有趣的故事，但是，有些东西不一定是真实的。” “哦，赫伯特！”怀特太太说。 “是的，母亲，有关猴爪的故事不是真的。一只脏的猴爪哪会有魔力！但这个故事很好。”赫伯特笑着说。 “我想你是对的，赫伯特。”他母亲说。 “我不知道，”怀特先生平静地说，“也许这个故事是真的。怪事有时也会发生。”