"Yes, Mr. Shockley told me you no longer drink. He also told
me about your last job . . . your last position of trust, shall we
were teaching English in a Vermont prep schwl. You
lost your temper, I don't believe I nccd to be any more specific
than that. Bat I do happen to believe that Grady's case has a bear-
ing, and that is why I have brought the matter of your . .
previous history into the conversation. During the winter
1970—71, after we had refurbished the Overlook but before
this unfortunate named Del
first season, I hired this . .
Grady. He movØinto the quarters you and your wife and
be sharing. He bad a wife and two daughters. I had reservi-
vions, the main ones being the harshness of the winter season and'
the fact that the Gradys would be cut off from the outside world
for five to six months."
'"But that's not really true, is it? There are telephones here, and
bly a citizen's band radio as well. And the Rocky Mountain
ational Park is within helicopter range and surely a piece of
ground that big must have a chopper or two.'
"I Wouldn't know about that," Ullman said. "The hotel does
two-way radio that Mr. Watson will show you, along with
list of the correct frequencies to broadcast on if you need
one lines between here and Sidewinder are still
aboveground, and they go down almost every winter at some
point or other and are apt to stay down for three weeks to a
and a half. is a snowmobile in the equipment shed
the place really isn't cut of."
Mr. Ullman looked pained. "Suppose your son or your wiry
tripped on the stairs and fractured his or her skull, Mr. TorraruX
Would you think the place was cut off then?"
Jack saw the poin t. A snowmob il e ronning at top speed auld
bet you down to Sidewinder in an hour and a half . . . maybe. A
helicopter from the Parks Rescue Service could get up here in
three hours . . . under optimum conditions. In a blizzard it would
never even be able to lift off and you couldn't hope to run a
snowmobile at top speed, even if you dared take a seriously in-
jured person out into temperatures that might be ,iwenty-üve
case of Grady," Ullman said, "I reasoned
Shockley seems to have done in your case. Solitude n be damag-
ing in itself- netter for the man to have his family •th him. If
there was trouble, I thought, the odds were very high at it would
be something less urgent than a fractured skull or an ident with
one of the power tools or some sort of convulsion. serious case
of the flu, pneumonia, a broken arm, even appen • 'tis. Any of'
tipse thinv would have left enough time.
"I suspect that what happened came as a result too muc$
ehcap whiskey, of which Grady had laid in a generous supply, un-
bcknownst to me, and a curiotrs condition which the old-timers
call cabin fever. Do you know the term?" Ullman offered a pa-
tronizing little smile, ready to explain as soon as Jack admitted bis
ignorance, and Jack was happy to respond quickly and crisply.
"It's a slang term for the claustrophobic reaction that cyn occurs ILA
When people are shut in together over long periods of åme.
feeling Of Claustrophobia is externalized as dislike for the l*ople
you happen to be shut in with. In extreme cases it can 'result' in
- hallucinations and violence—murder has been done oyer Such
minor things as a burned meal Or an argument about whoa turn
is to do the dishes."
Ullman looked rather nonplussed, whiéh did Jack a world of
good. He decided to press a little further, but silently promised
Wendy he would stay cool.
"I suspect you did make a mistake at that. Did he hurt them?"
"He killed them, Mr. Torrance, and then committed suicide. He ,
Oiurdered the little girls with a hatchet, his wife with a. shotgun,
and himself the same .wgy, Undoubtedly so
diunk he fell downstairs
Ullman spread bis hands and looked at Jack self-righteously.
"Was he a high school graduate."
"As a matter Of fact, he wasn't," Ullman said a little stiffly. "I
thought a, shall we gay, less imaginative individual would be less
susceptible to the rigors, the loneliness—"
was your mistake," Jack said. "A stupid is more
prone to cabin fever just as he's more prone to shoot someolie
over a card game or commit a spur-of-the-moment robbery. He IV'
gets bored. When the snow canes, there's nothipg to do bWWåtc
-five below, if you added in the win