Three Skeleton Key: Storyboard Summary

Three Skeleton Key: Storyboard Summary
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Storyboard Description

In the exposition of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” written by George G. Toudouze, the narrator talks about how the small rock got the name "Three Skeleton Key." Afterwards he explains why the rock was in a good position. Next, he explains why he chose to work there with two other people. Next, it talks about the daily routine of the three people working at the lighthouse. At the end of the exposition, the three workers spot what they think is a ghost ship, but realize that it's crew was killed and the ship was coming straight for them, and the danger that would be put them in a 11 day siege.

Storyboard Text

  • IT'S YOUR FAULT WE GOT HERE! WE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO BRAZIL!
  • WELL I COULDN'T SEE WHERE TO GO! WE LEFT ON A FOG! IT'S YOUR FAULT I COULDN'T SEE!
  • THREE SKELETON KEY
  • Three escapees from a prison ship wrecked on to a small island of the coast of French Guiana. 
  • “No, old man, that’s not what I meant. If I say that noone’s aboard, I mean she’s a derelict.”
  • After a few weeks, they all died to hunger. They were not seen for many months, perhaps years.
  • “Are you saying that she’s the Flying Dutchman?”
  • The island would become know as "Three Skeleton Key" after the bodies of the three prisoners were found.
  • “Yes, and a shame to see that beautiful ship wreck her-self. And we’re helpless.”
  • “she’s going to pile up! She’s gone!”
  • In one of the islands in the keys, a strategically positioned light house would be built. It would signal and guide many sailors for years to come.
  • Three workers at the lighthouse would work for 22 months and were given high pay. However, this would lead to an incident which would lead to the deaths of two men. The three men spotted a ship heading for them. They thought that the crew was drunk, but they soon realized that the ship's crew was killed.
  • The ship went towards them, and away, and back. Eventually the ship began sailing towards the island at full speed. As the ship got closer they realized what killed the crew, rats. But not just any rats, sea rats.
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