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by Stephen King
The Shining Chapter 55 Summary How It All Goes Down
That Which Was Forgotten Wendy is coming to. She's afraid she won't be able to move from the blood stained bed. She thinks she was woken by the sound of Halloran arriving in the snowmobile. She's praying that Jack hasn't killed Danny yet. Wendy calls out to Danny and then to Halloran. She thinks she hears the elevator start up and then stop, then hears the sound of Jack on the third floor screaming for Danny. Out in the hallway she moves as fast as she can. That's when she finds Halloran on the stairs. She tries to wake him. Meanwhile Jack is right around the corner from Danny. His threats escalate. Danny steps out and tells him, "You're not my daddy" (55.38). The Jack-thing pauses, then disagrees with Danny. Danny says, "You're a mask. […] Just a false face" (55.41). He tells Jack he isn't afraid of him. Jack says he better be afraid. He raises the mallet but stops short of hitting Danny with it. Halloran is waking up. His jaw is broken. Wendy explains that Jack and Danny are up on the third floor. Danny is telling the Jack-thing that the people and things in the Overlook "lie" (55.43) and that he isn't really Danny's father. He says, "Go ahead and hit me. But you'll never get what you want from me" (55.58). Something changes in the Jack-thing's face. The mallet falls to the ground. Suddenly, the real Jack is back. He tells Danny, "Run away. Quick. And remember how much I love you" (55.60). Danny says he won't leave him, and he kisses Jack on the hand. Halloran tries to get up. He and Wendy hear horrific yells. They hear the elevator; whatever was yelling is inside it. Danny feels like he's completely trapped in the Overlook, all alone without his parents. He tells the Jack-thing to go away. It turns. Danny sees the knife in its back. The Jack-thing begins hitting himself in the face with the mallet, "destroying the last of Jack Torrance's image. It looks at Danny, and Danny sees that it's a mixture of all the other faces he's seen in the hotel, from the dogman to the woman in 217. Now Danny realizes what Jack forgot – the boiler! He knows it's about to blow up the hotel! The Jack-thing looks upset by this news. He disagrees with Danny, but then goes off down the hall. Danny hears him get into the elevator. Now, "the shining [is] on him" (55.92). He knows Wendy and Halloran are alive, and that the boiler will blow up the Overlook at any moment. Danny runs, sobbing, to try to get out of the hotel before it goes up in flames.
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