by Stephen King
Versions of Reality Quotes in The Shining
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
(nothing there nothing there not there at all NOTHING THERE THERE IS NOTHING!) (25.48)
This is what Danny's thinking just before the woman in 217 chokes him. Denial just doesn't seem to work around here.
(little Jacky now he was little Jacky now dozing and mumbling on a cobwebby camp chair while the furnace roared into hollow life behind him) (26.13)
The roaring furnace things makes sense when we know what little Jacky dreams next – his father brutally beating his mother with a cane when Jack was nine years old. A part of Jack will always live in that sphere of reality.
It wasn't a perception of sight or sound, although it was very near to those things, separated from those senses by the filmiest of perceptual curtains. (43.4)
This refers to Jack's perception of "the Overlook Hotel coming to life" (43.3). When we examine The Shining closely we'll find that King's vision of the supernatural and of alternative realities is complex and thoughtful.