Holes

Holes

by

Louis Sachar

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X-Ray is a small boy in Tent D. Despite his size, he's the leader of the group and is always first in line for water. Though he allows others to believe that he got his nickname because he has sharp eyesight, in reality, X-Ray is just Rex in pig Latin and he has terrible eyesight. After Stanley finds the fossil, X-Ray asks that if Stanley finds anything else, he give it to him—he's been at Camp Green Lake a year and believes he's the most deserving of a day off.

X-Ray/Rex Quotes in Holes

The Holes quotes below are all either spoken by X-Ray/Rex or refer to X-Ray/Rex. 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 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 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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X-Ray/Rex Character Timeline in Holes

The timeline below shows where the character X-Ray/Rex appears in Holes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 5
Cruelty vs. Kindness Theme Icon
Power, Money, and Education Theme Icon
...that one boy is black and the other is white. Mr. Pendanski introduces Stanley to Rex and Alan, but the boys introduce themselves as X-Ray and Squid. Mr. Pendanski assigns Stanley... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 7
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...following a red pickup truck, he lines up with the other boys to get water. X-Ray is first, while Stanley is last in line behind Zero. Mr. Sir fills their canteens... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 9
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...rec room. The sign on the door says "WRECK ROOM" and everything inside is broken. X-Ray and Armpit play pool on a pitted pool table as Stanley heads towards them. He... (full context)
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...Stanley how his day was. Stanley parrots that the first hole is the hardest, but X-Ray says the second one is harder: Stanley will hurt before he's even begun. X-Ray says... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 10
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...When it arrives, he realizes that Group D always lines up in the same order: X-Ray first, then Armpit, Squid, Zigzag, Magnet, Zero, and finally Stanley. When Mr. Pendanski fills Stanley's... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 11
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...digging, seething about how unfair not being rewarded for his fossil is. Soon, he notices X-Ray watching him. X-Ray asks to talk and explains that he's been at Camp Green Lake... (full context)
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Stanley marvels that X-Ray is the leader, since he's the smallest aside from Zero. Stanley thinks that Armpit is... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 12
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When X-Ray laughs at Magnet, Mr. Pendanski insists they "don't laugh at people's dreams" and points out... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 13
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Stanley tries to figure out how to get out of giving it to X-Ray. X-Ray's hole is almost finished, unlike Stanley's, and by the time the Warden deems the... (full context)
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All of Group D crowds around X-Ray to inspect the tube. Squid thinks it looks like a shotgun shell, but Magnet insists... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 14
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...time, but it didn't help him at all. The next day at breakfast, he asks X-Ray if he has the tube. X-Ray feigns ignorance and eventually snaps at Stanley. Mr. Sir... (full context)
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...camp and returns a short while later with a tall, red-haired woman. The Warden approaches X-Ray, confirms where he found the tube, and tells Mr. Pendanski to drive X-Ray back to... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 15
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After Mr. Pendanski fills canteens, the Warden picks through X-Ray's pile of dirt with a pitchfork. She asks Mr. Pendanski to drive X-Ray back to... (full context)
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...the Warden has hidden microphones and cameras all over, and Stanley realizes this is why X-Ray didn't want to talk that morning. Stanley also realizes they're not just digging to build... (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 on the couch and as X-Ray shouts,... (full context)
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...Stanley. Squid gives Stanley a hard time about receiving a letter from Stanley's mother, but X-Ray suggests the letter is probably from Stanley's girlfriend. Stanley waits to read it until later.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 17
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Group D digs in the area around where X-Ray supposedly found the tube for a week. Eventually, the holes all connect. The Warden becomes... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 19
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...Group D if anyone wants sunflower seeds. Magnet tosses Mr. Sir's bag of seeds to X-Ray, Armpit, Squid, and then Zigzag. Stanley has no interest—he knows the salty seeds will get... (full context)
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...that he stole the sack himself and ate the sunflower seeds all by himself. Armpit, X-Ray, and Magnet shout to Stanley that he was rude to not share. Stanley follows Mr.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 22
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...to camp to mull over why Zero dug his hole for him. Later, Armpit, Zigzag, X-Ray, and Squid suggest that Zero just likes digging holes. Stanley waits in the tent for... (full context)
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Stanley thinks about the deal later. He knows that X-Ray won't like it, but he reasons that he still needs a break from digging to... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 29
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...that he can even see the mountains, as they usually aren't visible through the haze. X-Ray and Zigzag joke about building an ark as a strike of lightning illuminates a rock... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 30
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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 slave with. They... (full context)
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...the Warden hurry over and Mr. Pendanski explains that there was a riot. Armpit and X-Ray attempt to play down the seriousness of the situation, but Zigzag lets slip that the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 32
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Two days later, Group D gets a new boy named Brian, though X-Ray calls him Twitch. Twitch explains that he was arrested for stealing a car. As Twitch... (full context)