Holes

Holes

by

Louis Sachar

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Stanley Yelnats Character Analysis

Stanley is the fourteen-year-old protagonist of the novel, who has been wrongfully imprisoned at a labor camp in Texas for stealing a famous athlete’s sneakers. Before his wrongful conviction, Stanley was an overweight and extremely unhappy boy who suffered severe bullying, although he tends to be kind to others despite the cruelty he has experienced. His family has been unlucky for generations, which he believes to be the fault of the Yelnats family curse (though he also insists he doesn't actually believe in the curse). At Camp Green Lake, Stanley is forced to dig a huge hole every day and report anything interesting he finds to the Warden. He does his best to keep to himself and is soon given the nickname Caveman due to his size. As everyone seems selfish, cruel, and power-hungry, Stanley tries to stay on the good side of those in power including X-Ray, his unit’s de-facto leader, to whom Stanley promises to give anything interesting he finds. This results in Stanley handing X-Ray a gold lipstick tube belonging to the bandit Kissin' Kate Barlow. Though Stanley remains interested in and concerned for the welfare of the boys at Camp Green Lake, his heart begins to harden after being exposed to so much cruelty. For instance, Stanley at first goes along with Mr. Pendanski and the other boys in thinking that Zero is stupid and has nothing to offer; it's not until Zero shows Stanley unprecedented kindness that Stanley begins to take Zero seriously and treat him kindly in return. This culminates in Stanley trying to steal the water truck and go after Zero, who has run into the desert. When Stanley finds Zero, he carries the weak boy up the mountain, helps him drink, and sings him an old family lullaby—which appears to break the family curse. Stanley and Zero eventually return to Camp Green Lake, where they discover a suitcase full of valuable things and are rescued from the Warden and a yellow-spotted lizard's nest by Ms. Morengo, Stanley's lawyer. After this, Stanley demonstrates that he's learned the importance of kindness by refusing to leave camp without Zero.

Stanley Yelnats Quotes in Holes

The Holes quotes below are all either spoken by Stanley Yelnats or refer to Stanley Yelnats. 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 3 Quotes

Stanley was not a bad kid. He was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. He'd just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather!

He smiled. It was a family joke. Whenever anything went wrong, they always blamed Stanley's no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather.

Page Number: 7
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All of them had something else in common. Despite their awful luck, they always remained hopeful. As Stanley's father liked to say, "I learn from failure."

But perhaps that was part of the curse as well. If Stanley and his father weren't always hopeful, then it wouldn't hurt so much every time their hopes were crushed.

Page Number: 9
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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 7 Quotes

Stanley waited for him to drive away, then took another look at his hole. He knew it was nothing to be proud of, but he felt proud nonetheless.

He sucked up his last bit of saliva and spat.

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats, Mr. Pendanski
Page Number: 40
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Part 1, Chapter 11 Quotes

The more he thought about it, the more he was glad that he agreed to let X-Ray have anything he might find. If he was going to survive at Camp Green Lake, it was far more important that X-Ray think he was a good guy than it was for him to get one day off.

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats, The Warden, X-Ray/Rex
Page Number: 53
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Part 1, Chapter 16 Quotes

It was wonderful to hear from you. Your letter made me feel like one of the other moms who can afford to send their kids to summer camp.

Related Characters: Stanley's Mother (speaker), Stanley Yelnats
Page Number: 75
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Part 1, Chapter 17 Quotes

"That's your dirt," Zigzag said. "You have to dig it up. It's covering up my dirt."

Stanley felt a little dizzy. He could see a small pile of dirt. It took him a moment to realize that it was the dirt which had been on his shovel when he was hit.

He scooped it up, then Zigzag dug his shovel into the ground underneath where "Stanley's dirt" had been.

Related Characters: Zigzag/Ricky (speaker), Stanley Yelnats
Page Number: 79
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Part 1, Chapter 18 Quotes

"Sorry," Stanley said again.

His muscles and hands weren't the only parts of his body that had toughened over the past several weeks. His heart had hardened as well.

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats (speaker), Zero/Hector Zeroni
Page Number: 82
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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 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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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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Zero wrote the letters as Stanley said them. "Zero," he said, looking at his piece of paper. His smile was too big for his face.

Stanley watched him write it over and over again.

Zero Zero Zero Zero Zero Zero Zero...

In a way, it made him sad. He couldn't help but think that a hundred times zero was still nothing.

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats, Zero/Hector Zeroni
Page Number: 119
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Part 2, Chapter 30 Quotes

"He's a genius, all right!" said Mr. Pendanski. "He's so stupid, he doesn't even know he's stupid."

Stanley didn't know why Mr. Pendanski seemed to have it in for Zero. If Mr. Pendanski only thought about it, he'd realize it was very logical for Zero to think that the letter "h" made the "ch" sound.

Page Number: 138
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Part 2, Chapter 31 Quotes

He knew he never should have let Zero dig part of his hole for him. He still could've taught him to read. If Zero could dig all day and still have the strength to learn, then he should have been able to dig all day and still have the strength to teach.

What he should do, he thought, was go out after Zero.

But he didn't.

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats, Zero/Hector Zeroni
Page Number: 141
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"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 34 Quotes

He kept walking toward it, although he didn't know why. He knew he'd have to turn around before he got there. But every time he looked at it, it seemed to encourage him, giving him the thumbs-up sign.

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats, Zero/Hector Zeroni
Related Symbols: God's Thumb
Page Number: 153
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Part 2, Chapter 38 Quotes

Higher and higher he climbed. His strength came from somewhere deep inside himself and also seemed to come from the outside as well. After focusing on Big Thumb for so long, it was as if the rock had absorbed his energy and now acted like a kind of giant magnet pulling him toward it.

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats, Zero/Hector Zeroni
Related Symbols: God's Thumb
Page Number: 170
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Part 2, Chapter 41 Quotes

"I didn't go to the homeless shelter very often," Zero said. "Just if the weather was really bad. I'd have to find someone to pretend to be my mom. If I'd just gone by myself, they would have asked me a bunch of questions. If they'd found out I didn't have a mom, they would have made me a ward of the state."

"What's a ward of the state?"

Zero smiled. "I don't know. But I didn't like the sound of it."

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats (speaker), Zero/Hector Zeroni (speaker), Zero's Mother
Page Number: 183
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Part 2, Chapter 43 Quotes

"Then later a boy asked me if I wanted a piece of cake, but then that same mother told me, 'Go away!' and she told all the kids to stay away from me, so I never got the piece of cake. I ran away so fast, I forgot Jaffy."

"Did you ever find him—it?"

For a moment, Zero didn't answer. Then he said, "He wasn't real."

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats (speaker), Zero/Hector Zeroni (speaker), Zero's Mother
Page Number: 195
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Part 2, Chapter 48 Quotes

"Will you do me a favor?" asked Squid.

"I guess," Stanley agreed, somewhat hesitantly.

"I want you to—" He turned to Ms. Morengo. "Hey lady, you have a pen and paper I can borrow?"

She gave it to him, and Squid wrote down a phone number which he gave to Stanley. "Call my mom for me, okay? Tell her...Tell her I said I was sorry. Tell her Alan said he was sorry."

Related Characters: Stanley Yelnats (speaker), Squid/Alan (speaker), Ms. Morengo
Page Number: 221
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Stanley Yelnats Character Timeline in Holes

The timeline below shows where the character Stanley Yelnats appears in Holes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2 
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...boys. Most boys there weren't given a choice about whether or not to go, but Stanley Yelnats was. He chooses Camp Green Lake over jail because his family is poor and... (full context)
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Stanley is the only passenger, aside from the driver and the guard, on the bus to... (full context)
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The narrator explains that Stanley is innocent; he was convicted because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. Supposedly, Stanley's grandfather stole a pig... (full context)
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Stanley's mother often points out that not every Stanley Yelnats has been a failure—Stanley is the... (full context)
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As Stanley steps off the bus, the driver tells him to be careful. Stanley thanks the driver... (full context)
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Stanley changes into an orange jumpsuit and orange tee shirt, and is also given an orange... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5
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Stanley is assigned to D tent and meets his counselor, Mr. Pendanski. He doesn't look nearly... (full context)
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...with sweat, enter the compound. Mr. Pendanski calls them over and they're so dirty that Stanley can barely tell that one boy is black and the other is white. Mr. Pendanski... (full context)
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Mr. Pendanski gives the campers a speech about taking care of Stanley and then leaves. The other boys head out to shower and as they go, Stanley... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6
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Because of the scarcity of water, campers are only allowed to take cold four-minute showers. Stanley uses his four minutes getting used to the water. At dinner, another camper asks Stanley... (full context)
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Clyde "Sweet Feet" Livingston is a famous baseball player whom Stanley idolized; he had a poster of him on his wall until the police took it... (full context)
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At school, a bully named Derrick Dunne tormented Stanley regularly and the teachers did nothing. The day that Stanley was arrested, Derrick had dropped... (full context)
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Because of Clyde Livingston's baseball schedule, the trial was delayed for more than a month. Stanley's parents couldn't afford to hire a lawyer and this proved damning: the judge didn't believe... (full context)
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The next morning, Stanley eats his lukewarm cereal, fills his canteen, and chooses a shovel before the sun comes... (full context)
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Stanley's hole grows to about three feet deep as the sun peeks over the horizon. His... (full context)
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As Stanley digs, his blisters rip open and new ones form. He tries to use his cap... (full context)
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...Pendanski drives the water truck out with sack lunches. While the boys eat, Magnet assures Stanley that the first hole is the hardest. Stanley wonders what they'd do to him if... (full context)
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...though Zero is the smallest boy in Group D, he finishes digging first. In awe, Stanley watches Zero measure his hole, spit in it, and head back to camp. Zigzag declares... (full context)
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...sing her the "pig lullaby." She loved it and a year later, when the first Stanley Yelnats was born, Sarah made the song rhyme in English and sang it to her... (full context)
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Stanley discovers that his hole is very close to big enough. He digs out a few... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 9
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Stanley doesn't use soap in the shower; he's too tired. After putting on his clean set... (full context)
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Squid joins the boys and asks Stanley how his day was. Stanley parrots that the first hole is the hardest, but X-Ray... (full context)
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Stanley writes in his letter that he's making friends and learning to swim. He stops when... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 10
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When Stanley wakes in the morning, he can barely get out of bed because he's so sore.... (full context)
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Stanley digs slowly as he waits for the water truck. When it arrives, he realizes that... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 11
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Stanley returns to digging, seething about how unfair not being rewarded for his fossil is. Soon,... (full context)
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Stanley marvels that X-Ray is the leader, since he's the smallest aside from Zero. Stanley thinks... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 12
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Stanley is again the last boy to finish digging. When he arrives at Tent D, he... (full context)
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...Mr. Pendanski offers an inspirational speech about not giving up even when life is hard. Stanley thinks of what he'll say if Mr. Pendanski asks him what he likes to do,... (full context)
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Mr. Pendanski turns to Stanley, comments on his new nickname, and asks Stanley who's responsible for landing him at Camp... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 13
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As Stanley digs holes, he loses track of the days. He thinks he's probably lost five pounds... (full context)
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Stanley tries to figure out how to get out of giving it to X-Ray. X-Ray's hole... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 14
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That night, Stanley tries to figure out what he could've done differently. He decides he was absolutely in... (full context)
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...and "these fine boys" probably had a drink since he filled their canteens. She calls Stanley to her, calling him Caveman, and asks if he's had anything to drink since Mr.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 15
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...hole while the other will put the dug-up dirt into wheelbarrows and cart it away. Stanley is assigned to work with Zero. The Warden stays at the site all day and... (full context)
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...and then the Warden returns to her cabin. As the boys return to the compound, Stanley remarks that the Warden knew all of their names. Zigzag and Armpit explain that the... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 16
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When Stanley slouches into the Wreck Room later, X-Ray is animated and talking loudly. Stanley joins Squid... (full context)
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The next morning, the Warden walks Group D to the holes again. Stanley spends most of the day dumping wheelbarrows and thinks a lot about the tube. He... (full context)
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Later, Stanley wonders if there's a way he could tell the Warden where the tube actually came... (full context)
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Zero startles Stanley asking him what's funny. Stanley initially refuses to tell Zero what Stanley's mother wrote, but... (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... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 18
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After Stanley showers, he stays in the tent to write to his parents. As he begins a... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 19
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One night, Stanley wakes to a strange noise. He eventually realizes it's Squid crying and asks Squid if... (full context)
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One day, Stanley sees the water truck coming and takes his place in line. Mr. Sir fills their... (full context)
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Stanley is unable to cover the sack properly by the time Mr. Sir arrives. Mr. Sir... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 20
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Stanley thinks the shade of the oak trees feels wonderful, and he wonders if this is... (full context)
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The Warden points Stanley to a dressing room of sorts and asks him to fetch a small flowered case.... (full context)
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...him that she doesn't care about his sunflower seeds; she preferred his smoking. Turning to Stanley, she sends him back to his hole. Stanley has to step over Mr. Sir on... (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... (full context)
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When Stanley returns to the group, he says simply to his curious fellow campers that the Warden... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 22
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Stanley finishes his hole first and heads back to camp to mull over why Zero dug... (full context)
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Stanley and Zero return to the tent and pull out Stanley's box of stationery. They begin... (full context)
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Zero suggests that Stanley teach him ten letters per day, five capitals and five lowercase, and after five days... (full context)
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Stanley thinks about the deal later. He knows that X-Ray won't like it, but he reasons... (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... (full context)
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Stanley refuses to talk about Mr. Sir's face the rest of the day. He looks forward... (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... (full context)
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Stanley sees the water truck approaching. Mr. Sir is driving, so Stanley doesn't finish his canteen.... (full context)
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Once Zero learns the alphabet, Stanley teaches him to write his name. Zero smiles hugely and seems very proud as he... (full context)
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The weather becomes unbearably humid and Stanley hears thunder across the lake, near the mountains. He's surprised that he can even see... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 30
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...his birthday. He sleeps in and cuts in front of Squid in the breakfast line. Stanley doesn't even know what day of the week it is, but he attempts to figure... (full context)
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As Stanley digs his shovel into the dirt, he thinks that the 45th hold is the hardest.... (full context)
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When Zero takes his turn in Stanley's hole, Zigzag, X-Ray, and Armpit again suggest that Stanley get a whip to hit his... (full context)
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Stanley looks up as Zigzag and Squid approach. Zigzag tries to make Stanley take his cookie... (full context)
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Suddenly, Zigzag is lifted off Stanley. Stanley looks up to see Zero with an arm around Zigzag's neck, choking him. Zero... (full context)
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Stanley calmly explains his deal with Zero to the Warden and suggests that Zero learning to... (full context)
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...lessons must stop. Zero answers that he's not digging another hole, which the Warden ignores. Stanley asks why he can't teach Zero to read anyway, and the Warden and Mr. Pendanski... (full context)
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Stanley digs angrily. He thinks he should've taught Zero to read even without the deal. He... (full context)
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Zero hasn't returned by the next morning. Stanley keeps an eye out as he digs and even considers walking out to look. He... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 32
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...him Twitch. Twitch explains that he was arrested for stealing a car. As Twitch talks, Stanley lies on his cot and wonders if it actually no longer smells or if he's... (full context)
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The next morning, when the water truck arrives, Stanley wonders if it's not too late to save Zero. He watches Mr. Sir fill canteens... (full context)
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Stanley slows down when he realizes nobody is chasing him. He heads towards God's Thumb, but... (full context)
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When the sun is overhead, Stanley figures he can only go for another hour before turning back. He can't see anything,... (full context)
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Stanley notices a large object on the lake. He can't figure out what it is, so... (full context)
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Zero's face is sunken and droopy. Stanley admits his canteen is empty and says he tried to bring the water truck. He... (full context)
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Stanley wonders if Zero knows what bacteria are as he takes a sip. The liquid is... (full context)
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Zero asks what "Mar-ya Luh-oh-oo" is, and leads Stanley back aboveground to point at the boat. Stanley explains that Y can act as both... (full context)
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Stanley and Zero put four unbroken jars in the sack, just in case. Zero carries the... (full context)
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Zero has another episode and Stanley wonders if he'll have to dig Zero's grave. He's surprised when Zero gets up again.... (full context)
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Zero wonders what's at the top of God's Thumb, and Stanley suggests there's probably an Italian restaurant there. The boys joke about what they'd order. A... (full context)
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Zero suggests that Stanley boost him up, and then he can pull Stanley up with the shovel. Boosting Zero... (full context)
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As God's Thumb looms overhead, Stanley feels afraid. He fears that if there's no water up there, he and Zero will... (full context)
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Stanley pulls a limp Zero upright and then onto his shoulder, with Zero's legs dangling in... (full context)
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As Stanley laments his fate, he suddenly realizes that one needs water to make mud. He begins... (full context)
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Stanley wakes up in a meadow, staring up at the thumb. Finally, he rolls over to... (full context)
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With difficulty, Zero says that he needs to tell Stanley something. Zero grits his teeth through the pain and tells Stanley that he stole Clyde... (full context)
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Stanley wonders if there are more onions around. He pulls up one of the white flowers,... (full context)
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Back in the present, Stanley and Zero take the next two days to recover. They eat onions and drink the... (full context)
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Zero continues to improve. Stanley digs the water hole to about the size of the holes at Camp Green Lake.... (full context)
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...make the water cleaner, and then declares that it's the last hole he'll ever dig. Stanley knows they need to return to Camp Green Lake at some point. There's nothing but... (full context)
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Two nights later, Stanley happily stares at the stars. He thinks that he has no real reason to be... (full context)
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Stanley wonders if he and Zero could possibly sneak past the camp and follow the road... (full context)
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...spending the morning picking onions and preparing for their journey back to Camp Green Lake, Stanley listens to Zero talk about his mother. Zero says they used to live in a... (full context)
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Stanley and Zero's plan is to leave early the next morning, arrive at Camp Green Lake... (full context)
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Stanley and Zero head down the mountain the next morning. Stanley points out where he found... (full context)
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Zero says that he has no idea why Zero's mother left him. As Zero talks, Stanley thinks that Zero is explaining this to himself more than to him. Zero says that... (full context)
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...stay away from him. Zero says he ran away so fast that he forgot Jaffy. Stanley asks if Zero ever found Jaffy, and Zero admits that Jaffy wasn't real. Stanley thinks... (full context)
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...going the wrong way. He draws a map in the dirt proving his point and Stanley follows him, even though he doesn't think it's right. Later that afternoon, a cloud rolls... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 44
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Stanley struggles to sleep but is surprised when Zero wakes him up. There's one light on... (full context)
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Finally, Stanley's shovel hits something hard. Surprised, he chips off dirt and discovers that it's a chest... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 45
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...Zero sits perfectly still. Mr. Pendanski gasps and then shines the flashlight into the hole. Stanley chokes back a scream as he realizes he's standing in a lizard nest. There are... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 46
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Several hours later, Zero and Stanley are still alive. As a lizard springs towards Mr. Pendanski, Mr. Sir shoots it and... (full context)
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The Warden tells the counselors that their story is simple: Stanley tried to run away, fell in a hole, and the lizards got him. She says... (full context)
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...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 what Mr. Sir was... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 47
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As the sun rises, Stanley counts eight lizards in the hole with him. Inexplicably, Zero says, "Satan." The Warden suggests... (full context)
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The lizards move lower in the hole to escape the sun as the day progresses. Stanley believes that there are two hiding between Zero's knees. The boys whisper to each other,... (full context)
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...turns to the man, the Texas Attorney General, and says that if anything happens to Stanley, they're filing charges against the Warden as well as the state of Texas. The Attorney... (full context)
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Ms. Morengo angrily says that this wouldn't have happened if the Warden had released Stanley to her yesterday, but the Warden insists that this is Stanley's fault. The Attorney General... (full context)
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Stanley carefully pulls himself out of the hole and the lizards allow him to do so.... (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... (full context)
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The Attorney General tells Stanley he's free to go, so Ms. Morengo bustles Stanley away. He turns around to look... (full context)
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Stanley turns when he hears Armpit and Squid coming out of the Wreck Room. Soon, the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 49
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Stanley and Zero sit in Ms. Morengo's backseat, the suitcase between them. Stanley admits he has... (full context)
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Ms. Morengo explains that Stanley's father invented a product to cure foot odor and passes the boys samples. Zero thinks... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 50
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The narrator says that, despite the fact that Stanley's mother doubts that there was ever a curse, it's true that Stanley's father invented his... (full context)
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...gems and a stack of old stock certificates and deeds of trust from the first Stanley. Stanley and Hector each got a little less than a million dollars. Stanley bought his... (full context)
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On Super Bowl Sunday, there's a party at the Yelnats house. Stanley and Hector are the only teens in attendance. As a commercial comes on, everyone stops... (full context)
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Stanley turns towards Hector, who's sitting on the floor in front of a youngish woman. She... (full context)