In the rising action of the short story "Three Skeleton Keys" written by George G, Toudouze. On one of the early mornings the men had been stuck, the metal seal in the window popped out. So, as a result of the seal popping out the rats were able to get into the lighthouse, while Itchoua had been sleeping. Itchoua had just enough time to get out of bed and scream for help from his two companions. Once, the other two men arrive at Itchoua's room they are ready to fight the rats that were flowing into the lighthouse through the hole in the window. They find their way through the lighthouse and up the stairs where they shut a trapdoor and seal it, leaving them and the few rats that had made it in before the door had closed. Once, inside the room and all the extra rats had been killed off Le Gleo being in a bad state started to go a little bonkers. He mumbled about the three skeletons and how there were going to be six. After, a few days the patrol had noticed that there was no light coming from the lighthouse and went to investigate. In arriving at the lighthouse the patrol had noticed the rats and seeing the rats going in/out of the tower they thought that the three men were long gone. In the arrival of the patrol some of the rats had noticed the team and decided to swim out and try to get on board, but were unsuccessful. Though, before the patrol team had left Itchoua had come back to his senses and thought to signal the patrol group with the light. Once, doing so they had gotten a reply from the patrol group saying that they would be back and try to help. In returning to the lighthouse the patrol team had one plan and had tried to put it to works, but sadly failed and had to think of a better plan.
"Hee!Hee! The Three Skeletons! Hee!Hee! The Three Skeletons are now Six Skeletons! Six Skeletons!
"But Le Gleo and I, who had been watching from the lantern room, got to him immediately, and the three of us battled with the horde of maddened rats which flowed through the gaping window. They bit, we struck them down with our knives--and retreated.
" All I can remember is wading through them up the stairs, striking them off as they swarmed over us; and then we found ourselves ,bleeding from innumerable bites, our clothes shredded..."
"Le Gleo who was in a bad state (so was I, for that matter), stared at the chief and me vacantly, started as his gaze swung to the multitude of rats against the glass, then began laughing horribly.."
"But the rats had also seen the ship or scented the crew. As the ship drew nearer, a solid phalanx left the light, plunged into the water, and swimming out, attempted to board her. They would have succeeded, as the ship would hove to; but the engineer connected his steam to a hose on deck and scalded the head of the attacking column.."
Finally, seeing the rats run in and out of the tower through the door and the windows, those on the ship decided that we had perished and were about to leave when Itchoua, regained his senses, thought of using the light as a signal... Our reply came quickly."
"...then turned her powerful jet of water on the rats. The heavy stream tore the rats from their places and hurled them screaming into the water, where the sharks gulped them down. But, for every ten that were dislodged, seven swam ashore, and the stream could do nothing about the rats in the tower."