Holes

Holes

by

Louis Sachar

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The sheriff is a racist and powerful man in 1880s Green Lake. He's prepared to hang Sam for kissing Miss Katherine, and he drunkenly bullies Miss Katherine to try to get her to kiss him. He tells Miss Katherine that God will punish her for kissing Sam, and he presumably supports Trout Walker when he shoots Sam and "rescues" Katherine. Three days later, Miss Katherine shoots the sheriff and gives him the kiss he asked for.

The Sheriff Quotes in Holes

The Holes quotes below are all either spoken by The Sheriff or refer to The Sheriff. 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:
Fate and Destiny Theme Icon
). 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Sheriff Character Timeline in Holes

The timeline below shows where the character The Sheriff appears in Holes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 26
Cruelty vs. Kindness Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
Power, Money, and Education Theme Icon
...the middle of the schoolhouse. Katherine managed to escape the schoolhouse and ran to the sheriff's office. (full context)
Cruelty vs. Kindness Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
Man vs. Nature Theme Icon
The sheriff, drinking whiskey, greeted Katherine pleasantly and told her to calm down. She began to tell... (full context)
Fate and Destiny Theme Icon
Justice Theme Icon
Man vs. Nature Theme Icon
...the narrator asks the reader whom God actually punished. Three days later, Katherine shot the sheriff, applied fresh lipstick, and kissed him. She became Kissin' Kate Barlow and spent the next... (full context)