by Stephen King
The Supernatural Quotes in The Shining
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
He understood a great many things about his parents, and he knew that many times they didn't like his understandings and many other times refused to believe them. But someday they would have to believe. (4.6)
Danny's understandings include what he reads in his parent's minds and the things Tony shows him. Are these understandings supernatural or natural?
[…] he kept telling himself, over and over, that the things Tony showed him didn't always come true. (9.34)
This is what's going on in Danny's head when he first arrives at the Overlook. Tony has already showed him that something dreadful is going to happen. Danny doesn't yet understand that the reason the visions don't always come true is because people sometime change their minds. Predictions of the future are based on the state of affairs at the time of the prediction.
"You shine on, boy. Harder than anyone I ever met in my life, and I'm sixty years old this January" (11.7).
The idea, spoken by Halloran here, that Danny's ability is really strong is reinforced throughout the book. Apparently, he's able to perceive the supernatural world of the Overlook more intensely because of it. In "Characters" we wonder if Jack has the shine, too, considering how many ghosts he meets at the hotel.