Holes

Holes

by

Louis Sachar

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Myra is the object of Elya Yelnats's affection in mid-1800s Latvia. Though she's exceptionally beautiful, Madame Zeroni describes her as being "as empty as a flower pot." Elya eventually discovers that this is true: though he thought Myra loved him, when asked to choose between him and Igor Barkov, Myra cannot make a decision and instead she asks her suitors to choose numbers between one and ten so that chance can make her decision for her. She marries Igor.
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Myra Menke Character Timeline in Holes

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Part 1, Chapter 7
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...Yelnats. He was born in Latvia and at age fifteen, fell in love with fourteen-year-old Myra Menke. Myra's father decided that when Myra turned fifteen, she should be married. Both Elya... (full context)
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...but she was unsympathetic. She insisted that Elya was too young to marry and that Myra was silly, foolish, and spoiled. She encouraged Elya to go to America like her own... (full context)
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...said that Elya should carry the pig up the mountain for the last time on Myra's fifteenth birthday, at which point it would be fatter than Igor's pig. She assured Elya... (full context)
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...as the pig grew big and strong, so did he. The pig was massive by Myra's birthday, so instead of carrying it up the mountain one last time as Madame Zeroni... (full context)
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Myra's father examined the pigs, declared them fine pigs, and couldn't decide whose pig to accept.... (full context)
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...wandered aimlessly until he ended up on a pier. He was heartbroken; he thought that Myra loved him. Madame Zeroni was right. Elya read a sign asking for deck hands on... (full context)