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Timeline of Events

  • 1910

    The Overlook Hotel opens for business.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • Early 1970s

    After Danny makes a mess in Jack's office, Jack flies into a drunken rage and breaks Danny's arm.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • A few weeks later

    Jack quits drinking after he and Al Shockley crash into a bicycle on a dark highway.

    Part 1, Chapter 5
  • A few years later

    Jack loses his job teaching at a Vermont prep school after assaulting a student.

    Part 1, Chapter 5
  • Early fall of that year

    Al helps Jack get a job as winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • Late September

    Jack, Wendy, and Danny arrive at the Overlook Hotel on closing day.

    Part 2, Chapter 8
  • Later that fall

    Danny meets Dick Hallorann and learns about the shine; Dick assures Danny the Overlook is safe.

    Part 2, Chapter 11
  • November 1

    Jack finds a scrapbook of Overlook history in the basement and begins obsessing over it.

    Part 3, Chapter 18
  • A few days later

    Topiary animals menace Jack on the hotel lawn before the first snow comes in the evening.

    Part 3, Chapter 23
  • Mid-November

    When Danny goes into Room 217 a woman's corpse tries to strangle him.

    Part 3, Chapter 25
  • The same day

    Jack investigates Room 217 and sees the woman, but he tells Wendy and Danny nothing is there.

    Part 4, Chapter 31
  • December 1

    In the ballroom Danny envisions murder and terror that prompts him to call Dick Hallorann for help.

    Part 5, Chapter 38
  • December 2

    On his flight from Miami to Denver, Dick receives Danny's final message.

    Part 5, Chapter 42
  • Later that day

    Jack attends a party in the hotel bar and receives instructions to kill Danny and Wendy.

    Part 5, Chapter 44
  • That evening

    Wendy and Jack fight in the hotel lobby, trying and failing to kill each other.

    Part 5, Chapter 50
  • Later that night

    Moments after Dick arrives at the hotel, Jack attacks him and knocks him unconscious.

    Part 5, Chapter 53
  • Near midnight that night

    Jack finds Danny and threatens him, but Danny confronts him and reminds him of the neglected boiler.

    Part 5, Chapter 55
  • Midnight that night

    The boiler explodes, killing Jack; Wendy, Danny, and Dick escape the hotel.

    Part 5, Chapter 56
  • The following summer

    Wendy and Danny recuperate at a Maine resort where Dick has found a new job as head chef.

    Part 5, Chapter 58

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 Jack Torrance interviews for a job as the winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel, a remote resort in Colorado built betw... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 While Jack Torrance conducts his interview and orientation at the Overlook Hotel, his wife and son wait outside their sh... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 While Watson, grandson of the Overlook's founder and current maintenance chief, shows Jack the boiler room and furnace, ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 Back in Boulder Danny briefly goes inside for milk and cookies before returning to the curb to wait for his father. He t... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 Because the Torrances can't afford a phone, Jack takes Danny with him to a local drugstore. Jack makes Danny wait in the... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 As she lies in bed next to a sleeping Jack, Wendy remembers their courtship and how Jack helped her break free of her co... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 While Wendy reminisces about the trajectory of her marriage, Danny wakes from a nightmare about the booming, the shadowy... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 8 The Torrance family drives to the Overlook Hotel. Wendy worries their aged VW bug won't make the trip, but Danny knows i... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 9 Stuart Ullman greets the Torrances and is impressed with Danny's good manners. It's Closing Day at the Overlook, so gues... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 10 Wendy envisions the Overlook cook as a small, rotund, French-accented man and is surprised to meet Dick Hallorann, a tal... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 11 Dick tells Danny, "You shine on, boy. Harder than anyone I ever met in my life." He explains shining is what his grandmo... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 12 Stuart Ullman gives the Torrance family a tour of the Overlook. He takes them upstairs in the old-fashioned elevator, as... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 13 Jack, Wendy, and Danny stand on the front porch of the Overlook Hotel like a family portrait as Ullman descends the step... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 14 While he is fixing some shingles on the Overlook's roof, a wasp stings Jack. He is grateful the sting doesn't cause him ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 15 Jack sees Wendy reading in a wicker chair on the hotel's front lawn, and Danny rushes up to show him a model car they bo... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 16 In the evening, Wendy hears Jack working at his typewriter and finds Danny concentrating on reading his primer. She tell... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 17 Dr. Bill Edmonds examines Danny in Sidewinder. He is friendly with Danny as he explains how the EEG—electroencephalogram... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 18 On November 1 Jack begins exploring the stacks of paper in the Overlook's basement. Most of the receipts and newspapers ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 19 While Jack explores the papers in the basement, Danny considers going into Room 217. He goes so far as to take the maste... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 20 Jack goes to the Sidewinder Library to read old newspaper articles about the Overlook. He responds politely when Wendy i... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 21 Jack gets a phone call from Al Shockley after the family returns from town. Shockley is angry after hearing about Jack's... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 22 Wendy and Danny take the truck to Sidewinder and hear weather forecasts for snow on the radio. Wendy asks Danny if he wo... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 23 While Wendy and Danny go to Sidewinder, Jack stays at the Overlook to trim the topiary animals. He clips the rabbit and ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 24 Jack, Wendy, and Danny stand on the Overlook's front porch at dusk and watch the snow falling. Drifts conceal the highwa... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 25 A week and a half after the first snow, communications between the Overlook and the world are out. Jack is in the baseme... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 26 While Danny meets the woman in Room 217, Wendy dozes in her room, and Jack dozes in the basement. Jack dreams abou... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 27 Wendy finds Jack in the hotel office surrounded by bits of the CB radio. He explains about the nightmare. He fell asleep... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 28 While Wendy tries to comfort Danny and draw a response from him in their quarters, Jack walks around on the ground floor... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 29 Jack carries Danny to the kitchen and gives him tea. Wendy protests she doesn't know what Danny is talking about. Jack k... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 30 When Jack goes to Room 217, he sees no evidence to support Danny's story. He feels irritated with Danny for taking the p... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 31 Jack returns to the kitchen. Danny is pale, and Wendy has been crying. Jack feels better because he knows he isn't suffe... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 32 Jack takes a cot from storage so Danny can sleep in the same room as he and Wendy. He attempts to work on his play and f... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 33 As he has promised Wendy, Jack goes to the maintenance shed to check out the snowmobile. At first, Jack can't find the s... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 34 A few days after Thanksgiving, Danny goes outside to play. He wanders to the playground on his snowshoes. He decides to ... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 35 Danny tells his parents about the topiary animals but not the concrete ring. Jack makes Danny go to the window and look ... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 36 In the night, Jack, Wendy and Danny are awakened by the sound of the hotel elevator going up and down of its own accord.... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 37 On December 1, Danny explores the hotel ballroom. He is fascinated by the clock under a glass dome on the ballroom's man... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 38 Dick Hallorann visits a vegetable market in Florida to buy materials to cook dinner at the restaurant where he works. As... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 39 Wendy finds Danny sitting on the stairs between the lobby and the first floor, playing with a ball and singing to himsel... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 40 Jack spends the night of December 1 poring over papers in the basement. He forgets to check the boiler for almost 12 hou... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 41 Danny awakens from a nightmare in which the Overlook is on fire. He and Wendy watch it burn from the front lawn while Ja... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 42 Dick gets a flight from Miami to Denver at 6:45 a.m. During the night, he calls the Rocky Mountain National Park Authori... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 43 Jack arrives in the Colorado Lounge as the Overlook comes to life, and the bar is full of people. Jack greets Lloyd, and... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 44 Lubricated with martinis, Jack circulates through the crowd at the party, chatting with a former radio comedian, dancing... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 45 Dick's flight lands in Denver at 8:31 a.m., coming down roughly through the snowstorm. The woman next to Dick dismisses ... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 46 Around noon, Wendy offers to make lunch. Danny doesn't know where Jack is, but he knows it's safe for Wendy to go to the... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 47 At 3 p.m. Danny and Wendy sit in bed in their quarters. They can hear Jack shouting from the pantry through the dumbwait... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 48 Jack sits in the pantry, eating crackers and nursing resentment toward Wendy. He considers what drove his father to drin... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 49 Dick spends the afternoon of December 2 on a harrowing drive through the storm from Denver to Sidewinder. Outside Estes ... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 50 In the early evening, Danny falls asleep and the hotel sounds cease abruptly. Wendy hears Jack through the dumbwaiter an... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 51 Dick rents a snowmobile from Larry Durkin in Sidewinder. Larry also trades coats with Dick because Dick's isn't heavy en... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 52 Jack struggles up the stairs behind Wendy and follows her to their quarters, swinging the mallet the whole way. Danny is... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 53 Hallorann defeats the hedge lion by using the extra fuel Larry Durkin sent with him to set it on fire. He rides the snow... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 54 Danny dreams of dark hallways, and he hears Tony calling to him. He also hears the pounding mallet in the distance. Tony... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 55 Wendy comes to in her room, having been overwhelmed by her injuries after hearing the snowmobile arrive. She struggles t... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 56 Danny finds his mother and Dick on the first floor and tells them they must get out. Dick already has visions of the Ove... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 57 The fire roars through the hotel. Danny and Dick help Wendy onto the snowmobile. They can see the fire consuming the lob... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 58 The following summer Dick works at the Red Arrow Lodge in northern Maine, near Rangeley. Dick likes the job. After his s... Read More
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