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Jack returns to the kitchen. Danny is pale, and Wendy has been crying. Jack feels better because he knows he isn't suffering alone. He looks at them and says, "Nothing there ... Not a thing." He smiles at them, and Wendy and Danny look relieved. Jack badly wants a drink.
The goodwill and hope forged in the kitchen conversation only moments before are destroyed when Jack lies about the woman in Room 217. Wendy and Danny are relieved, but the reader knows Jack will continue his string of lies and denials of what is really happening at the Overlook, even as his family's destruction looms. Possibly Jack lies to Wendy and Danny because he knows it's what they want to hear. They are relieved to learn the danger is gone, or, better yet imagined. However, the lie is a big gamble. Wendy and Danny could be terrified to learn a naked dead woman could be ranging free through the hotel.