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Stephen King

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The Shining | Part 2, Chapter 13 : Closing Day, The Front Porch | Summary

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Jack, Wendy, and Danny stand on the front porch of the Overlook Hotel like a family portrait as Ullman descends the steps. Ullman double-checks to make sure Jack has all the keys and understands his duties, especially the furnace and boiler. He takes his leave, saying he doubts he'll have a good winter because the place he manages in Florida is "a dump." He considers the Overlook his real job. Jack says, "I think it will be here when you get back next spring." Danny has a flashing thought in response: "but will we?" The family watches Ullman's car drive away and absorbs the silence that follows. To Jack the hotel and grounds suddenly seem larger, "dwarfing them with sullen, inanimate power." Then the trio goes inside to escape the cold wind.

Analysis

Ullman is obsessively protective of the Overlook because managing a fine, historic hotel confers status; the place he manages in Florida clearly does not. Ullman's life is about pursuing status, or at least proximity to it. Jack is confident the hotel will be standing in the spring, but Danny is not; this provides more foreshadowing of the explosion and conflagration to come.

The previous two chapters have dropped subtle clues that Jack, like Danny, has the shining. Here he feels the "sullen, inanimate power" of the hotel, picking up on its malevolent energy. This is the first somewhat clear indication the Overlook is, in its own way, alive.

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