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Stephen King

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The Shining | Part 1, Chapter 7 : Prefatory Matters, In Another Bedroom | Summary



While Wendy reminisces about the trajectory of her marriage, Danny wakes from a nightmare about the booming, the shadowy figure insisting he take his "medicine." Danny looks out his bedroom window looking for Tony. After a few minutes, he hears Tony calling his name, saying "Don't go, Danny ... " Danny doesn't know how long he stands at the window, but when he gets back into bed he imagines the light and shadows from the window transform into a jungle of vines and sees a vision of the word REDRUM flashing red in the darkness.


Danny's second vision of REDRUM and the shadowy figure provides more detail, now featuring the figure's vaguely familiar voice and a jungle of vines. In Part 2, Chapter 12, Danny will recognize the vines in the patterns on the carpet in the Overlook Hotel. This vision is also significant because Tony gives Danny an explicit warning, telling him not to go. There's only one place Danny is going, so it's clear this is a warning about the hotel. Tony's warning also illustrates Danny's relative powerlessness in this situation. Tony doesn't want Danny to go to the hotel, but at age five, Danny has few choices other than to follow his parents where they go. Danny has no means of changing their minds about the Overlook because they don't understand his visions and premonitions.

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