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by Stephen King
The Shining Chapter 50 Summary How It All Goes Down
Redrum Danny is sleeping. Wendy hopes he'll be able to sleep for a whole night for once, without being plagued by nightmares. She thought she heard Jack and someone else talking about freeing Jack from the cellar. Wendy really needs to know if Jack somehow managed to get out. She doesn't think he did, but she needs to make sure. She also wants to get the tray with Danny's soup and omelet. They can at least eat the soup. Still she's caught between staying here with Danny, and checking on Jack. The need to check on Jack wins out. Holding tight to the knife, Wendy leaves the quarters. From the stairs she can see that the lights in the kitchen are on, but she can't remember if she'd left them that way. When she gets near the ballroom she hears the clock under glass ticking. It begins to strike the hours. When it gets to twelve, Wendy hears the call to, "Unmask!" (50.69), and for moments the party is in swing. Then she sees that a Jack-like being is coming angrily toward her swinging the roque mallet. He hits her hard in the stomach with it. She rolls out of the way of his next swing. He tries to hit her again and drops the mallet. She takes advantage of this situation and runs to the stairs. Jack follows and smashes her in the ribs with the mallet, breaking at least two. On the floor, rolling to avoid the mallet, Wendy sees the knife where she dropped it on the stairs. As she moves toward it, Jack hits her just under the knee with the mallet. After avoiding more swings of the mallet, Wendy rolls her body down the stairs, hard into Jack. He falls. As Jack is about to pick up the mallet, Wendy jumps on him, plunging "the kitchen knife in his lower back up to the handle" (50.89). She rests for a few minutes, expecting to see Danny any moment. With relief she thinks that maybe they didn't wake him up. Her body a mass of pain, Wendy pulls herself up the stairs to Danny. At the halfway point, she sees that Jack is getting up. He begins to come after her.
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