In this part of "Three Skeleton Key," by George G. Toudouze, the narrator, Le Gleo, and Itchoua look outside, as the rats scratch at the window trying to get in. They don't know what they're going to do about this dangerous situation, but they have to find a way. After the frame is starting to be eaten away by the rats, they secure the windows with sheets of tin. To pass the time, the three lighthouse keepers start counting the rats, but eventually gave up. They also named them too. While Itchoua is sleeping in his room, the rats find a way in, crowding the room. Le Gleo and the narrator save him and run into another, safe room. There, Le Gleo starts laughing and shouting erratically. Finally, a small ship comes over to investigate the place, and Itchoua makes signals with the light, and the crew on the ship understands the situation.