In the exposition of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” written by George G. Toudouze, the setting and main characters are introduced and the main threat. The story takes place on a key of the coast of Guiana called Three Skeleton Key. It got it's name because of three convicts who died there and their bones were picked clean by birds. The main characters are the Narrator, Itchoua, and Le Gleo. They are the lighthouse keepers and maintain the lighthouse and everything in it. The threat to the men is a horde of vicious sea rats. They come from a dutch made ship that was guided to their island by the wind. In conclusion the short story " Three Skeleton Key" we learn about the the setting, main characters, and the main threat.
Three Skelaton Key
Hey Le Gleo and Itchoua.
It's dutch made.
Look a ship off in the distance.
The Flying Dutchman.
Three Skeleton Key, the small rock on which the light stood. It earned its name from the story of the three convicts who, escaping from Cayenne in a canoe, were wrecked on the rock during the night, managed to escape the sea, but eventually died of hunger and thirst. When they we found, nothing remained but three bones, picked clean by the birds.
Fellow keepers, a Breton by the name of Le Gleo and the head keeper, Itchoua, a Basque some dozen years or so older than either of us. During the day we would work about the light, cleaning the rooms, polishing the metalwork and the lens and reflector of the light itself, and at night we would sit on the gallery and watch our light.
Itchoua pointed, and following his finger, we saw a big three-master, with all sail set, heading straight for the light. She was a beautiful ship of some four thousand tons, a fast sailer that had carried cargoes to every part of the world, plowing the seas unceasingly.
There was nothing we could do but watch. A ship sail- ing with all sail spread, creaming the sea with her forefoot as she runs before the wind, is one of the most beautiful sights in the world—but this time I could feel the tears stinging in my eyes as I saw this fine ship headed for her doom.