This is the first part of the rising action. Before this happened Itchoua called the narrator and Le Gleo to come to see a ship. The ship was wandering and came very close to the coast. They notice no ones on it, and Le Gleo thinks it's the Flying Dutchman. After a while, the winds and currents bring it to the coast, and it crashes. Rats start coming out of the ship and swim to land. Then the lighthouse keepers start closing all windows, doors, and other openings. This is where I finished my part of the rising action.
Look at the ship.
Don't they see us?
if there is a crew aboard
Are you saying that she’s the Flying Dutchman?
She’s going to pile up! She’s gone!
Itchoua pointed, and following his finger, we saw a big three-master, with all sail set, heading straight for the light.
Itchoua nodded soberly and looked at us sharply as he remarked: “See us? No doubt—if there is a crew aboard!”
Now we knew why this ship, in perfect condition, was sailing without her crew aboard. They had been driven out by the rats.
We barely had time to leap back, close the door leading onto the gallery, descend the stairs, and shut every window tightly.