The quaint lighthouse was in disrepair, having long been out of use. But the man who occupied the lower quarters was still enchanted with the view overlooking the magnificent rocks below and the deep blue waves crashing on the rocks. He wondered often why this lighthouse had not been maintained, as it represented a grievous danger to passing ships. Still, it had been donated to him as part of his retirement when the town mayor decided to abandon any further lighthouse activities.
The man lived alone, content in his solitude. His wife had long since passed on. Now, he enjoyed tending to his rose bushes, and raising his geese and rabbits. He needed for nothing. He had learned to grow the occasional greens and some hardy fruit on the rocky ledge overlying the sea, and regularly harvested large goose eggs or butchered a hapless rabbit. No matter; they multiplied rapidly.