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Time Quotes in The Shining

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #7

He was the key. Tony had warned him and he just let things go on. (37.24)

Apparently, the psychic intensity of Danny's presence also has a hand in speeding things along. He activates some sinister mechanism. Although he feels guilty, if he hadn't come to the Overlook, it would still be standing. The bitter irony is that Jack might still be standing, too. Not that any of this is Danny's fault. He's just a little kid!

Quote #8

And now Tony stood directly in front of him, and looking at Tony was like looking into a magic mirror and seeing himself in ten years […], as if Tony – as if the Daniel Anthony Torrance that would someday be—was a halfling caught between father and son a ghost of both […]. (54.34).

For the juicy lowdown on this passage, go to Tony's "Character Analysis."

Quote #9

All the hotel's eras are together now, all but the current one, the Torrance Era. And this would be together with the rest very soon now. That was good. That was very good. (43.5)

As we discuss in "Setting" and "What's Up With the Epigraph?" the Overlook operates on a temporal scheme all its own. The novel challenges the way we think about time, in so many ways.

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