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by Stephen King
The Shining Chapter 9 Summary How It All Goes Down
Checking it Out When they get to the Overlook, Ullman meets them. He's not very nice to Jack or Wendy, but seems charmed by Danny. There's lots of hustle and bustle in the hotel. People checking out, and staff members taking care of final duties. Ullman explains that the last day of the season is always a bit chaotic. Mrs. Brandt, a hotel regular, is making a ruckus because the Overlook no longer takes American Express. Ullman steps in to take care of the problem. Danny tells Jack and Wendy that Ullman dislikes the woman, but is "pretending to like her" (9.23). In playful moods, Jack and Wendy agree with him, laughing. Danny is trying to convince himself that "the things Tony showed him didn't always come true" (9.34). He'll be very cautious, and keep an eye out for whatever Redrum is. Unless it's absolutely necessary, he won't bother his parents about it. Jack points out the roque court and explains that the game is played with a mallet. Danny looks a little strange, and remembers the scary drunken voice Tony showed him. Now Jack shows Danny the topiary, the hedges trimmed in animal shapes. Danny sees "a rabbit, a dog, a horse, a cow and […] a trio of frolicking lions" (8.48). Jack tells Danny and Wendy that his knowledge of topiaries helped get him the job. He says, "I used to trim a lady's topiary […] at least once a week" (8.50). Past the topiary is a playground. Danny pretends to like it, but thinks it looks lonely and cold. Back at the hotel, Mrs. Brandt is coming out with the luggage. Danny hears her thinking "( I'd like to get into his pants)" (8.67) about the bellboy. He doesn't understand, but thinks it best not to ask Wendy and Jack. Sometimes those kinds of questions caused problems. He watches Jack and Wendy "loving each other" and is happy, but still worried.
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