"Three Skeleton Key" Rising Action

"Three Skeleton Key" Rising Action
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In the rising action of the short story "Three Skeleton Key" written by George G. Toudouze, first, a ship is going back and fourth suspiciously. The three lighthouse keepers are up in the lighthouse trying to guess what might be happening with the ship. One suggests that the crew might be drunk or insane. After a while of roaming around the boat suddenly crashes. The three men come out of the tower to see what has just happened and they suddenly see a horrific sight. Huge amounts of sea rats scrambling to shore from the wrecked ship. The three men suddenly run straight for the tower and lock every door and bolt every window shut to keep the rats out. The rats chase them and then they keep jumping onto the windows, scratching their claws, and scraping their teeth on the windows. The three men just watch and tease the rats for days until one night, the sheet of metal sealing one of the keeper's windows gave way. This led to the rats swarming into his room. The keepers just fight off the rats with their knives. They all end up having deadly bites from the rats. When a patrol boat comes near the lighthouse to investigate the failure of the light from the tower, one of the keepers has an idea of using the light from the lighthouse as a signal to tell the patrol boat what is happening. Their reply came quickly when they understood their position. So that is what happened in the rising action part of the short story "Three Skeleton Key."

Storyboard Text

  • "What's wrong with her crew? Are they all drunk or insane?"
  • "The rats!"
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