What mattered was they were never getting out. He was safe. That was what he thought then. Of course, he also thought he would never take a drink, not after seeing what it had done to his father. Sometimes we just get it wrong.
Eesh, this is forbidding as all get out.
Also, of course it had to be Mrs.freakingMassey that starts this off, what/who I found the most disturbing from The Shining.