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ReadOasis Step 2 By W.W. Jacobs (Part 9) Photo by Anderson Mancini The old man dropped the box of matches, and they fell all... The Monkey’s Paw

ReadOasis Step 2
By W.W. Jacobs
(Part 9)

Photo by Anderson Mancini

The old man dropped the box of matches, and they fell all over the floor in front of him. He stood motionless, and his breathing stopped. And just as he took another breath, the knock came again.

He turned and hurried back to his room. As he closed the door behind him, a third knock sounded through the house.

"What's that?" cried the old woman, sitting up in bed.

"It was a rat," said the old man, his voice shaking. "A rat. I...

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