The Shining | Study Guide

Stephen King

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The Shining | Part 5, Chapter 47 : Matters of Life and Death, Danny | Summary

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At 3 p.m. Danny and Wendy sit in bed in their quarters. They can hear Jack shouting from the pantry through the dumbwaiter shaft. Danny worries what Jack will do if he needs to go to the bathroom and begins to cry. Wendy holds him and says Mr. Hallorann may still get to them, or someone else may come. She says Jack will be okay if they can get him away and promises they will take Danny fishing in the spring.

At 4:30 Jack's screaming stops. At 4:45 Danny and Wendy hear the elevator moving in its shaft, filled with drunken laughter and chatter as the Overlook comes to life.

Analysis

Incredibly, despite the violent attack in the Colorado Lounge, Wendy and Danny remain concerned about Jack's well-being. Wendy thinks Jack can still be saved if he can get away from the hotel. The flaw in her plan is she has no way of knowing when or if help is on the way. By locking Jack in the pantry, she has done the best she can to make Jack comfortable and keep herself and Danny safe. Wendy must hope Jack can get better given the opportunity because she has no other viable alternatives. Either Jack can get better or he is too dangerous to live. Unless it is a case of direct self-defense, Wendy is not emotionally prepared to hurt the father of her child, much less kill him.

As disturbing as Jack's shouting from the pantry is for Wendy and Danny, his silence is more ominous. They can't know if he has escaped the pantry or is planning another assault. With the hotel coming to life outside the family quarters, they aren't in a position to check what he is doing, either. All Wendy and Danny can do is wait for the next onslaught from Jack or the Overlook.

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