Holes

Holes

Mr. Sir Character Analysis

Mr. Sir is a nasty middle manager at Camp Green Lake. He's especially grumpy because, when Stanley arrives, Mr. Sir has recently quit smoking; instead, he eats sunflower seeds by the bag. His favorite catchphrase is to say that Camp Green Lake isn't a Girl Scout camp, and he loves telling campers that they're not in the Girl Scouts anymore. Mr. Sir is a callous man who thinks little of the lives of the boys at camp; he tells Stanley outright that he's not worth wasting bullets on. He's also extremely vindictive. When Stanley takes the blame for stealing Mr. Sir's sunflower seeds, the Warden believes that bringing the matter to her is a waste of her time, so she hits and scratches Mr. Sir across the face with her rattlesnake venom-infused nail polish. This causes Mr. Sir's face to swell painfully, and he goes on to punish Stanley by depriving him of water for more than a week. He's later complicit in destroying Zero's records. Much to Mr. Sir's chagrin, after the Attorney General shuts Camp Green Lake down, it eventually becomes a Girl Scout camp.

Mr. Sir Quotes in Holes

The Holes quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Sir or refer to Mr. Sir. 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 4 Quotes

"I see you're looking at my gun. Don't worry. I'm not going to shoot you. "He tapped his holster. "This is for yellow-spotted lizards. I wouldn't waste a bullet on you."

Related Characters: Mr. Sir (speaker), Stanley Yelnats
Page Number: 14
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Part 1, Chapter 19 Quotes

Stanley kept his mouth shut most of the time. He didn't talk too much to any of the boys, afraid that he might say the wrong thing. They called him Caveman and all that, but he couldn't forget that they were dangerous, too. They were all here for a reason. As Mr. Sir would say, this wasn't a Girl Scout camp.

Page Number: 84
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Part 1, Chapter 27 Quotes

Fortunately, Mr. Pendanski delivered the water more often than Mr. Sir. Mr. Pendanski was obviously aware of what Mr. Sir was doing, because he always gave Stanley a little extra. He'd fill Stanley's canteen, then let Stanley take a long drink, then top it off for him.

Page Number: 116
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Part 2, Chapter 31 Quotes

"I don't think I can erase him completely from all the state files, said Mr. Pendanski. "Too many cross-references. But I can so make it so it would be very difficult for anyone to ever find a record of him. Like I said, though, no one will ever look. No one cares about Hector Zeroni."

"Good," said the Warden.

Related Characters: The Warden (speaker), Mr. Pendanski (speaker), Stanley Yelnats, Zero/Hector Zeroni, Mr. Sir
Page Number: 144
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Part 2, Chapter 47 Quotes

"It's got his name on it," said Zero.

Stanley's lawyer pushed past the tall man to have a look.

"See," Zero showed her. "Stanley Yelnats."

Stanley looked, too. There, in big black letters, was STANLEY YELNATS.

Page Number: 216
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Mr. Sir Character Timeline in Holes

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Sir appears in Holes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 4
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...sodas and sends him away. Finally, the man turns to Stanley and introduces himself as Mr. Sir . He tells Stanley that he's not in the Girl Scouts anymore. (full context)
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...and orange tee shirt, and is also given an orange cap and an empty canteen. Mr. Sir explains that Stanley will be expected to dig a hole every single day that's five... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5
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...D tent and meets his counselor, Mr. Pendanski. He doesn't look nearly as scary as Mr. Sir , though he assures Stanley that Mr. Sir is only cranky because he quit smoking.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 7
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...boys to get water. X-Ray is first, while Stanley is last in line behind Zero. Mr. Sir fills their canteens and then follows Stanley to check his progress. As he encourages Stanley... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 14
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...asks X-Ray if he has the tube. X-Ray feigns ignorance and eventually snaps at Stanley. Mr. Sir marches the boys to the lake a while later and as Stanley begins his hole,... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 16
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...of a fancy gold pen. The Warden starts getting impatient by lunchtime and even tells Mr. Sir that if the boys don't dig faster, he'll have to dig with them. After this,... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 17
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That afternoon, Zigzag's shovel hits Stanley in the head. Magnet calls for Mr. Sir , who bandages Stanley's bloody head and sends him back to the hole. When Stanley... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 18
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The next morning, Mr. Sir assigns the boys to a new section of the lake to dig their own holes.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 19
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One day, Stanley sees the water truck coming and takes his place in line. Mr. Sir fills their canteens and as the truck pulls away, Magnet asks Group D if anyone... (full context)
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Stanley is unable to cover the sack properly by the time Mr. Sir arrives. Mr. Sir observes that Stanley found something, and suggests that they take it to... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 20
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...the electric chair. Stanley is surprised to see holes all around the Warden's house as Mr. Sir knocks on the door. The Warden frostily invites Mr. Sir and Stanley into the air... (full context)
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The Warden turns to Mr. Sir . As he begins to explain again what he thinks happened, she strikes him across... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 21
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As Stanley walks, he hopes that he can finish his hole before Mr. Sir recovers, as he doesn't want to be out in the lake with Mr. Sir alone.... (full context)
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...he says simply to his curious fellow campers that the Warden just got mad at Mr. Sir for bothering her. Stanley is surprised to see that his hole is nearly finished and... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 24
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The next morning, Stanley is wide awake as soon as he sees Mr. Sir 's face at breakfast. Half his face is the size of a melon, and there... (full context)
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Stanley refuses to talk about Mr. Sir 's face the rest of the day. He looks forward to his break, which Zero... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 27
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Stanley glances at his canteen, uncertain if he can take a drink of water. Mr. Sir has continued to dump Stanley's water on the ground, though Mr. Pendanski has been making... (full context)
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Stanley sees the water truck approaching. Mr. Sir is driving, so Stanley doesn't finish his canteen. When he hands it to Mr. Sir,... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 30
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...indeed July 8, Stanley has been there 46 days and has dug 44 holes. Surprisingly, Mr. Sir gives Zigzag an extra carton of juice when Zigzag says it's his birthday. (full context)
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...However, he knows it's not true: he's stronger now and better adapted to the heat, Mr. Sir isn't depriving him of water anymore, and Zero digging part of his hole helps. He... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 31
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...still water there. When Stanley returns to his tent after digging, he finds the Warden, Mr. Sir , and Mr. Pendanski waiting for him. They want to know where Zero is, but... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 32
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...water truck arrives, Stanley wonders if it's not too late to save Zero. He watches Mr. Sir fill canteens and wonders if he left the keys to the water truck in the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 43
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...stops Stanley and asks him to listen. They can hear Camp Green Lake and, specifically, Mr. Sir . As the boys approach some holes, they decide to climb into them and wait.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 45
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Mr. Pendanski shines the flashlight on Zero, who sits with the suitcase on his lap. Mr. Sir points his gun at Zero. He's wearing nothing but pajama pants. The Warden starts to... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 46
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...hours later, Zero and Stanley are still alive. As a lizard springs towards Mr. Pendanski, Mr. Sir shoots it and then lights a cigarette. Mr. Pendanski suggests they shoot "them" anyway, and... (full context)
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...down a snowy hill. Stanley is so caught up in his memory, he doesn't hear Mr. Sir tell him he's innocent and his lawyer came to pick him up. (full context)
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...4:30am, the Warden sends the counselors to the tents to deal with the campers. Only Mr. Sir remains with her. Stanley glances at Zero, who slowly gives Stanley a thumbs-up. Stanley wonders... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 47
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...eight lizards in the hole with him. Inexplicably, Zero says, "Satan." The Warden suggests that Mr. Sir take the suitcase from Zero, as the lizards clearly aren't hungry, but none of them... (full context)
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...backwards. Stanley is amazed that Zero could figure that out. They hear cars approaching, and Mr. Sir says it's certainly not Girl Scouts with cookies. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 48
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Stanley holds his suitcase, so tired he can barely speak. Mr. Sir fetches Stanley's belongings while Mr. Pendanski grabs Stanley and Zero food. Ms. Morengo assures Stanley... (full context)
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...and says he can't leave Hector. Zero looks from Mr. Pendanski to the Warden and Mr. Sir , insisting he'll be fine. Stanley insists that the Warden will kill Zero if they... (full context)