"Three Skeleton Key" -- Exposition

"Three Skeleton Key" -- Exposition

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In the exposition of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” written by George G. Toudouze, the Narrator explains his job, lighthouse keeper, and telling about his partners, Itchoua and Le Gleo. One, normal, day, Le Gleo pointed out a fair, three story ship. Itchoua crazily pointed out, "Maybe it's the Flying Dutchman." The three men conclude the the ship must be a derelict, since it is drifting with the wind. Then, out of the blue, the ship starts to break and sink down to the bottom of the sea. Unexpectedly sea rats,come pouring out of the abandoned ship. Instead of like normal rats, which would usually sink down to the bottom with the boat, the big rats swim across to the ocean. The rats scrabble onto rocks, and from there, they jump onto the lighthouse.

Storyboard Text

  • Maybe it's the Flying Dutchman.
  • I had just returned from my leave at the end of June, that is to say, midwinter in that latitude, and had settled down to the routine with my two fellow keepers, a Breton by the name of Le Gleo and the head keeper, Itchoua, a Basque some dozen years or so.
  • Itchoua pointed, and following his finger, we saw a big three-master, with all sail set, heading straight for the light. A queer course, for the vessel must have seen us; our light lit her with the glare of day each time it passed over her.
  • Now we knew why this ship was sailing without her crew aboard. They had been driven out by the rats.Thousands of heads rose, felt the wind, and we were scented, seen! To them we were fresh meat, after possible weeks of starving. There came a scream, composed of innu- merable screams, sharper than the howl of a saw attacking a bar of iron, and in the one motion, every rat leaped to attack the tower!
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