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Stephen King

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The Shining | Part 3, Chapter 22 : The Wasps' Nest, In the Truck | Summary

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Wendy and Danny take the truck to Sidewinder and hear weather forecasts for snow on the radio. Wendy asks Danny if he would be happier away from the Overlook. Danny says yes, but Jack needs the job. He tells Wendy Jack worries about them, all of them, but he thinks the Overlook job will be okay in the long run. Jack fears he won't find another job if they leave. Wendy assures Danny she believes in his visions and what he knows. She tells him they can leave if Danny wants to, but Danny doesn't want to stay with Wendy's mother. Wendy feels bad Danny has picked up on the hostility between her and her mother.

Finally Wendy asks Danny if Jack has been drinking. Danny says no, but he doesn't add his thought: "Not yet." She asks if Danny can make Tony come so Danny can ask if they're safe at the Overlook. Danny begins crying because he already tried and failed to make Tony come that morning. He then begs his mother not to take him to his grandmother's, and Wendy agrees they will stay at the Overlook.

Analysis

Wendy and Danny discuss the ongoing conflict that rules their lives. They seem to agree the hotel is not good for Jack, but they also know he will have difficulty finding another job if he leaves this one. Danny also shares Wendy's reluctance to stay with her mother.

By now it's clear everyone in the Torrance family is wary of the Overlook. They have varying degrees of intuition about the hotel's dangers, but for now the risks remain theoretical. Even Danny, who has more information about the future than anyone else, doesn't fully trust the visions Tony sends him. Denial in the face of catastrophe is part of human nature, and Danny lacks the maturity to process his visions in a productive way. He often doesn't even remember his visions. In contrast, the dangers of unemployment and poverty are tangible and likely inevitable if the family leaves the Overlook.

Losing communication with Tony makes things worse for Danny. He doesn't fully trust the visions as a reflection of his destiny, but he also finds comfort in Tony's presence and guidance. Tony helps Danny feel less lonely. Danny may also hope Tony will show him a new vision in which everything turns out okay.

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