In the 2nd 1/2 of the rising action of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” written by George G. Toudouze, It starts out with the Dutch ship crashing on a nearby rock. There were rats on the ship so when it crashed the rats swam to the island and tried to get into the lighthouse because they smelled meat/ the humans. The humans then block off the windows because the rats are eating them away, and one night the rats broke through the barrier that they put up on the windows. The rats burst through and swarmed Itchouad the other men heard him scream and ran over. They saw the rats so they got their knives out and ran to the gallery killing the rats that came with them. Le Gleo started saying "They are gonna have to change the name from three skeletons to six skeleton keys he eh six skeleton keys." They had to stay up there for a while then they came up with the idea to not light the light and see if anyone notices. The next morning a boat is outside wondering if they are dead when they see all the rats covering the lighthouse. Le Gleo then comes up with the idea to use a board to block the light so it would turn off and on so they could do morse code the crew of the boat then realize their situation and leave to go get help.
They are going to have to change the name from three skeleton keys to SIX skeleton keys, hehe SIX skeleton keys.
The Rats from the ship smell the fresh meat inside the lighthouse so they try to find a way in and when they can't they just cover the whole lighthouse.
Why did their light turn off?
Maybe they're dead?
One night in Itchouad's room the window breaks letting all the rats in they swarm all over him and the two other men come running when they hear him screaming and they freak out over the rats.
Say in there a little longer we will come back tomorrow.
They run away and up the stairs into the gallery or where the light is stored. While running up they kill the rats that lunge at them with their knives and they also kill the ones who get in the gallery with them. They close the metal trapdoor after they get up there and they sit up there for a while. Le Gleo starts going mad.
They decide not to light the lighthouse tonight because they think somebody will notice them if they do this and when they come they can save them.
When they see the boat they decide to signal them in morse code by turning on and of the light.