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.