In the exposition of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” written by George G. Toudouze, many thing occur, from hope, to lose of hope, and more. First off, the three companions reach the top of the stairs just in time as the rats close in on them. They proceed to slam the iron trapdoor shut, sealing themselves in the top of the lighthouse. Even though they are "safe", all of them have quite serious injuries, and are bleeding severely from bites and cuts. Le Gelo, perhaps the worst of them all, starts to go insane and starts saying things like "Three Skeleton Key! More like Six Skeleton Key!", along with laughing insanely. But when all hope seems lost a boat appears, but there is no way to contact it, until Itchoua, snapping out of his stupor, uses morse code to contact the ship. After the ship is informed of their situation, they plan to come back tomorrow with reinforcements. The next day, the boat from yesterday arrived with another ship, a fireboat. The fireboat attempts to spray the rat infested lighthouse with water, but fails, as it has no effect on the rats. Defeated, the boats head back to land and will return again tomorrow, leaving the others to hold out until then.