White is devastated by the news yet she fails to

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Mrs. White is devastated by the news, yet she fails to learn that her greed, even if it is not entirely for her own good, still retains the potential to end in ways other than she intended. ”His failure to learn from his first interference with fate leads him
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Crowley 3 deeper into the magical world.” (Mowery 1) Mrs. White continues to encourage her husband that he should wish for his sons return. Since he is the sole retainer of the power of the paw, he retains the responsibility of what has happened, and remains somewhat more cautious than his wife in using the paws power, but “Mr. White falteringly explains that not only has Herbert been dead ten days but also that his body had been mangled beyond recognition. Nevertheless, he makes the wish.” (Kroger 1) This is the mistake that shows the true horrors of greed, for though his gut told Mr. White not to make the wish, the insisting of his wife convinces him that perhaps he might manage to rectify his former mistake. In this instance, it is not his own, but rather his wife’s greed which bring them both pain, for Mrs. White, a pain of a chance lost, and for Mr. White, it is the horrors wrought on him by killing his son once again. “After Mr. White makes the second wish, the candle in their room goes out before any results come from the wish. Then he lights a match to show his way to the door. But it, too, goes out and he cannot see down the hallway… The Whites are in the dark, both literally and figuratively. Their passion for the dark power of the paw has clouded their ability to see.” (Mowery 1) Nothing comes of the second wish, until “[Mr. White] slips out of the bedroom, and as he reaches the foot of the stairs, a gentle knocking sounds at the door. It is repeated and repeated again more loudly. Mrs. White hears the knock and rushes downstairs to unlock the
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