"Three Skeleton Key" Storyboard Plot Summary

"Three Skeleton Key" Storyboard Plot Summary
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In the rising action of the short story "Three Skeleton Key" by George G. Toudouze, the three characters, the Narrator, Le Gleo, and Itchoua, get into a worse situation. The rats have breached on of the windows and they poured in. They all had enough time to escape to the lantern room, but they needed to fight their way though. Using their knifes, they slashed at the rats, getting cuts and wounds in the process. They close the trap door in the lantern just in time, blocking off the rats. The trapdoor is made of metal, protecting them. They sit in the lantern room, Itchoua staring at his wounds and Le Gleo going crazy. A team comes, wondering why the lighthouse's light was off, only to find it covered in a furry mass. They were about to leave, thinking the crew was dead, but Itchoua, with his quick thinking, used the light to tell the crew their story. The rescue team understood, and headed back to shore for back up. Will the crew survive? The desperate wait continues as the rescue team tries to come up with a plan.

Storyboard Text

  • HELP!
  • "At two in the morning, while Itchoua was dozing in his room, the sheet of metal sealing his window gave way. The chief had just time enough to leap to his feet and cry for help, the rats swarming over him."
  • They're surely dead
  • Time to head back
  • "We locked the door of the room on them, but before we had time to bind our wounds, the door was eaten through and gave way, and we retreated up the stairs, fighting off the rats that leaped on us from the knee-deep swarm."
  • They're still alive!
  • "All I can remember is wading through them up the stairs, striking them off as they swarmed over us; and then we found ourselves, bleeding from innumerable bites, our clothes shredded, sprawled across the trapdoor in the floor of the lantern room."
  • "Don't give up, hang on a little longer! We'll get you out of this!"
  • "After debating all of the ninth day, we decided not to light the lantern that night. The patrol was there to investigate the failure of our light. I could see the horrified expression on the faces of the officers and crew when they saw the light completely covered by a seething mass of rats. Then the sharks took part. Belly up, mouths gaping,they arrived in swarms and scooped up the rats"
  • "Those on the ship decided that we had perished and were about to leave when Itchoua, regaining his senses, thought of using the light as a signal. He lit it and, using a plank placed and withdrawn before the beam to form the dots and dashes, quickly sent out our story to those on the vessel."
  • "Our reply came quickly. When they understood our position. She turned and steamed at top speed for the coast, leaving us little reassured."
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