"Three Skeleton Key" Storyboard Plot Summary

"Three Skeleton Key" Storyboard Plot Summary

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In the final third, the climax to the resolution, of George G. Toudouze's terrifying, but interesting story "Three Skeleton Key", Ichoua, Le Gleo, and the narrator, make it off the island alive. The rescuers come back, this time with a tugboat full of nothing else but meat. The meat attracts the rats to the tugboat, which, when the rats are on it, the rescuers light on fire. The fire killed many of the rats but, the remaining few were finished off by the deadly sharks in the waters surrounding the lighthouse. The three friends are taken back to the mainland on a whaleboat. When they reach the mainland, they are immediately hospitalized to treat their countless wounds. Unfortunately, Itchoua dies a fearless hero from the countless rat bites he took, and Le Gleo goes insane and is put in an insane asylum. In the end, the narrator goes back because, after all that has happened to him, he still enjoys it there very much. All in all, "Three Skeleton Key" ends with the narrator going back to the island after surviving, Le Gleo is put in an insane asylum, and Itchoua dies a hero.

Storyboard Text

  • "The barge was covered with flames immediately, and the rats took to the water in swarms, but the patrol boat bombarded them with shrapnel from a safe distance, and the sharks finished off the survivors"
  • Six Skeltons! Six Skeleltons!
  • Itchoua
  • " A whaleboat from the patrol boat took us off the island and left three men to replace us."
  • "By nightfall we were in the hospital."
  • "What had become of my friends? Well Le Gleo's mind had cracked and he was raving mad. They sent him back to France and locked him up in an asylum, the poor devil! Itchoua died within a week; a rats bite is dangerous in that hot, humid climate, and infection sets in rapidly."
  • "As for me- when the fumigated and repaired the damage done by the rats, I resumed my service there. Why not?"
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