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Stephen King

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The Shining | Part 3, Chapter 24 : The Wasps' Nest, Snow | Summary



Jack, Wendy, and Danny stand on the Overlook's front porch at dusk and watch the snow falling. Drifts conceal the highway and the topiary animals. All three of them feel relief at the snow: "The bridge had been crossed." Jack hugs Wendy and suggests they all go in for supper, assuring her spring will come "before you know it."


Each member of the Torrance family has repeatedly considered and debated the pros and cons of staying at the Overlook or leaving without coming to a definitive conclusion. None of them wants to take responsibility for making the decision because neither choice is appealing. They can take their chances with a, thus far, abstract and vague threat, or they can take their chances with the concrete reality of unemployment and homelessness. When the snow falls, they all feel relief because the debate regarding the question of whether they can stay or go will end. They must stay now, and the decision is out of their hands.

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