I had stopped for the night on a nearby island. It was too dark to search for the smaller one and the treasure would have been impossible to find without more light. I found some locals to ask me to show me where the island I was looking for was. They took me to a light house to get the best view. The older fellow gave no directions, but told me it has a huge guide light on it. It would be hard to miss. We talked for a while longer. The older man told me they didn’t have very good stage effects. I was confused by this statement. I saw a huge snake fly out of the water and out of sight. A moment later the snake appeared behind us in the stairs on the way to the top of the lighthouse. Before it came closer I noticed it was a very realistic puppet. Buster Keaton had realized this at the same time as when I did when they pulled the trick on him, they told me. This must have been the stage effect he mentioned. Later, in my rented room, I realized that the men I had just talked to were the characters in the novel that I had previously read and was now a character inside that would try to prevent me from finding the treasure before them. The directions they had just given me were to misguide me. I got back into my boat.