In the climax and resolution of the short story “Three Skeleton Key”, It starts off when the boats arrive at the lighthouse to save the three keepers. They tug behind them a barge full of meat, attracting the rats attention. As the rats eat the meat, the rescuers spray it with gasoline. Then with a perfectly timed incendiary shell sets it on fire. The rats are defeated, and the rescuers save the three keepers, where they are then taken to a hospital. However, the fate of the three keepers are shown. Le Gleo’s mind is broken and goes crazy from the exposure, while Itchoua dies from the injuries he sustained. Finally, the narrator reveals that he stays on the island. Furthermore, the keepers get rescued and their fates are revealed.
There they are!
Six Skeleton Key! Six Skeleton Key!
Risking the treacherous reefs, the tug dragged the barge as close to the island as possible. To the last rat, our besiegers deserted the rock, swam out, and boarded the barge reeking with the scent of freshly cut meat. The tug dragged the barge about a mile from shore, where the fireboat drenched the barge with gasoline. A well-placed incendiary shell from the patrol boat set her on fire.
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. A whaleboat from the patrol boat took us off the island and left three men to replace us.
You sure about this?
Yes! Besides—I told you I liked the place. To be truthful, I’ve never had a post as pleasant as this one.
What became 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 rat’s bite is dangerous in that hot, humid climate, and infection sets in rapidly.
Herein lies Itchoua, a good man.
As for me—when they fumigated the light and repaired the damage done by the rats, I resumed my service there. Why not? No reason why such an incident should keep me from finishing out my service there, is there?