Holes

Holes

by

Louis Sachar

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Charles "Trout" Walker Character Analysis

Charles Walker is the eligible bachelor of the richest family in 1880s Green Lake. He's most often referred to as Trout Walker; the nickname comes from his feet, which are afflicted with an incurable foot fungus that makes them smell like rotting fish. He's described as loud, stupid, and entitled—and proud of being all three. He's extremely angry when Miss Katherine turns down his advances and after she runs away with Sam, he takes justice into his own hands. He shoots Sam and "rescues" Katherine, after which no rain falls on Green Lake for the next 110 years. Twenty years later, Trout and his new wife, Linda, find Kate living on the edge of Green Lake and attempt to make her give up her treasure, having lost their own fortune as the lake dried up. The Walker family lives on the lake until the present, digging for Kate's treasure. The Warden is Trout's descendant.

Charles "Trout" Walker Quotes in Holes

The Holes quotes below are all either spoken by Charles "Trout" Walker or refer to Charles "Trout" Walker. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of Holes published in 1998.
Part 1, Chapter 23 Quotes

A lot of men in town were not educated. This didn't bother Miss Katherine. She knew they'd spent most of their lives working on farms and ranches and hadn't had much schooling. That was why she was there—to teach them.

But Trout didn't want to learn. He seemed to be proud of his stupidity.

Page Number: 103
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Everyone in town had seen—and heard—the Walkers' new boat. It made a horrible loud noise and spewed ugly black smoke all over the beautiful lake.

Page Number: 103
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Part 1, Chapter 26 Quotes

Miss Katherine jerked her hand free. As she hurried to the door, she heard the sheriff say, "The law will punish Sam. And God will punish you."

Page Number: 114
Explanation and Analysis:

These are the facts:

The Walker boat smashed into Sam's boat. Sam was shot and killed in the water. Katherine Barlow was rescued against her wishes. When they returned to the shore, she saw Mary Lou's body lying on the ground. The donkey had been shot in the head.

That all happened one hundred and ten years ago. Since then, not one drop of rain has fallen on Green Lake.

You make the decision: Whom did God punish?

Page Number: 115
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Charles "Trout" Walker Character Timeline in Holes

The timeline below shows where the character Charles "Trout" Walker appears in Holes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 23
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One of these young men was Charles "Trout" Walker, whose nickname came from his incurable foot fungus that made his feet smell like... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 26
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...Katherine wondered if she'd gotten her days mixed up when, suddenly, a mob led by Trout Walker burst into the schoolhouse. He called her the "Devil Woman" and yelled that she... (full context)
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...greeted Katherine pleasantly and told her to calm down. She began to tell him about Trout Walker's mob, but he refused to hear anything bad about Trout. He told her she... (full context)
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...and they started off in Sam's boat, rowing across the lake. However, he couldn't escape Trout Walker's motorized boat. The narrator states the facts: Trout shot Sam in the water and... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 28
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...three months, Kate woke one morning to a rifle in her face. It belonged to Trout Walker, and he wanted to know where Kate's treasure was. (full context)
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Kate noticed the woman with Trout as one of her former students, Linda. She'd been a beautiful red headed child, but... (full context)
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Linda and Trout pulled Kate out of bed in her pajamas, leaving her boots by the bed. They... (full context)