“We all shine on…” (Instant Karma!, John Lennon)
– Bravo, zise Hallorann. Scoase un inel cu chei din buzunarul sacoului sau din serj albastru si descuie portbagajul. In timp ce punea valizele inauntru, Danny fu surprins sa-l auda spunand:
– Stralucesti, baiete. Mai mult decat oricare altul pe care l-am intalnit in viata mea. Si implinesc saizeci de ani in ianuarie.
– Ai un talent. Hallorann se intoarse spre el. Intotdeauna am numit talentul asta “stralucire”. Asa ii spunea bunica mea. Si ea il avea. […]
– Numai pe mine m-ai cunoscut?, il intreba pe Hallorann.
– Nu, copile. Dar tu stralucesti cel mai tare.
– Sunt multi din astia ca mine?
– Nu chiar multi. Dar se intampla sa dai peste ei. Sint o gramada de oameni care au un pic de stralucire. Habar nu au. Dar, ca prin minune, cumpara flori cand sotiile lor sunt suparate, reusesc la examene pentru care nu au invatat, isi dau seama cum se simt oamenii pe care-i intalnesc. Am cunoscut vreo cincizeci, saizeci din astia. Dar numai vreo zece, inclusiv bunica-mea, stiau ca stralucesc.
Va straluci cand va straluci. (Proverb american)
Shining, Stephen King, p. 106-107
So: this is the part – in the book – where Hallorann tells Danny, before leaving Overlook for the winter, that he’s shining more than any other person he ever met during his lifetime. Then Danny asks Hallorann if he ever met other people like him. Hallorann tells the kid that he met all kind of people who were shining a little bit (compared to Danny’s powerful shining): some bought flowers for their angry wives without having any idea why they were doing that, some others passed exams without learning a thing in advance, some others could somehow sense how or what people around felt. Then Hallorann completes: he met 50, maybe 60 persons like that – shining a little bit. But only 10 of them, including his grandma, knew they were shining.
Stephen King underlined “knew”.
Don’t know why I liked this paragraph so much. Maybe ’cause it reminded me of John Lennon’s song. And – of course – even if i haven’t mentioned it, this is just another post about Stanley Kubrick, in fact. I’m not obsessed. Rrrrrriiiiiiiiiigt!: ))
Obsessing about Stanley Kubrick movies is nothing unusual… at least not in my eyes!!! So I’ve never read King’s The Shining… should I? I know Kubrick took a lot of liberties. And, if I remember correctly, King wasn’t too pleased with the results. I guess that’s why I’ve never given the book a chance: because there’s no way it will live up to Kubrick’s vision!!