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The Shining

The Shining


by Stephen King

Versions of Reality Quotes in The Shining

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

Quote #1

"It's a slang term for the claustrophobic reaction that can occur when people are shut in together over long periods of time. The feeling of claustrophobia is externalized as dislike for the people you happen to be shut in with. In extreme cases it can result in hallucinations and violence—murder […]." (1.64)

This is Jack defining "cabin fever" for Ullman on his job interview. Next time you go on a job interview, you can use these lines, too.

Quote #2

Come out! Come out, you little shit. Take your medicine!" (4.45).

Danny hears these lines for the first when he's with Tony, early in the novel. It won't be the last time, that's for sure. These are the lines Jack's father used on Jack, and which Jack will use on Danny in the not so distant future.

Quote #3

Beside his Daddy, in the other front seat, was a short-handled mallet, its head clotted with blood and hair. (4.66)

Danny isn't quite back to the world of real things when he greets Jack after getting his first glimpse of redrum from Tony. Since he's so young and innocent, and loves Jack so much, he doesn't put together the fact that Jack is the guy holding the mallet in the sinister visions.

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