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by Stephen King
The Shining Chapter 57 Summary How It All Goes Down
Exit Danny and Halloran struggle to get Wendy, who is barefooted, to the snowmobile. She's not in very good shape at all. Halloran gets Wendy onto the snowmobile. Then, he and Danny get on, too. He watches the hotel burning as he drives. He thinks he sees something that looks like a humongous manta ray come out of the window of the Presidential Suite. The wind blows it apart. Halloran makes it to the equipment shed and goes into it to find blankets to help keep them warm on the trip down. Inside, he sees that "one of the roque mallets [is] gone" and he wonders if that was Jack's weapon. As Danny calls to him, Halloran starts to get strange thoughts in his head, like "(Spare the rod, spoil the child)"(57.53). He begins to think that Danny is the cause of all this trouble, Danny, who abandoned his own father to a burning building. Now there is fear in Danny's voice as he calls to Halloran. It doesn't sound very nice. Halloran picks up a roque mallet. Wait! He stops, wondering what's come over him. Something invades his mind, saying " (KILL THEM BOTH!)" (57.63). He throws the mallet down and then runs back to the snowmobile. He helps Danny and Wendy get wrapped up snugly in the blankets. As they pass the gate in the snowmobile, Danny points to the hedge animals. All their leaves have been scorched away. When they are on the road to Sidewinder, the shed catches on fire. They are about twenty miles from Sidewinder now, and Halloran is feeding the snowmobile the rest of the gas. He's growing increasingly concerned about Wendy. Now Danny is pointing to something. It's "a pearly chain of lights" (57.82). In a quarter of an hour, Halloran, Danny, and Wendy have reached the other snowmobiles. Finally, "the long darkness [is] over" (57.89).
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