Monday, December 7, 2009

You try typing when you just want to kill someone

When Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) finds the manuscript of the book Jack's (Jack Nicholson) been writing since their arrival at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining, she finds page after page of scrawled typing that says 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' over and over again.

Anyone who remembers writing in 1980 knows it was a messy affair with lots of errant keystrokes and no spell checker. As soon as you hit a key you were committed.

And as he was being driven slowly and murderously insane who haunted the Overlook, it's understandable Jack made more than his fair share of typing errors.

But did you know he gets just one single paragraph entirely correct? If you weren't quick enough to see it, Wendy reaches it on page 16 as she leafs through the pages wondering what's happened to her husband's mind.

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