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Stephen King

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The Shining | Part 5, Chapter 51 : Matters of Life and Death, Hallorann Arrives | Summary



Dick rents a snowmobile from Larry Durkin in Sidewinder. Larry also trades coats with Dick because Dick's isn't heavy enough. Larry says, "I guess you must know about things the same way Howie does sometimes." Larry tells Dick to return after his rescue mission; Mrs. Durkin will make soup.

The journey to the Overlook is treacherous. Dick drives slowly and almost runs off the road, but he blocks out the voice trying to get into his mind. When he nears the hotel, a hedge lion is waiting for him. Dick tells the lion, "You're not there!" But the lion is there, and it attacks him.


Dick's good fortune continues as he interacts with Larry Durkin. The goodness of the two men Dick meets on his way to the Overlook stands in sharp contrast to the evils unfolding at the hotel. Larry Durkin's allusion to Howie knowing about things, along with Dick's shining but kind seatmate on the flight, connects the shine to inherent human goodness. Even without the shine, Larry shows extraordinary kindness and generosity, offering Dick the coat off his back. If Dick, Danny, and Wendy get out of this mess alive, they have a place to go where they will be treated well.

The hedge lion provides another indication of the Overlook's fear of Dick. Unable to stop his arrival through telepathic intimidation or other means—assuming the storm is connected to the Overlook—it sends out a last line of defense. This time there is no question the topiary animals can move and attack.

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