Holes

Holes

by

Louis Sachar

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Zigzag/Ricky Character Analysis

Zigzag is one of the boys in Tent D. He's white and one of the tallest at camp, though this is mostly because his neck is exceptionally long. He takes a great deal of offense to Stanley and Zero's agreement for Zero to dig part of Stanley's hole, so he begins a fight with Stanley with Mr. Pendanski's blessing. He also tells the Warden about the agreement, which culminates in Zero heading off alone into the desert after hitting Mr. Pendanski with a shovel.

Zigzag/Ricky Quotes in Holes

The Holes quotes below are all either spoken by Zigzag/Ricky or refer to Zigzag/Ricky. 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:
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 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
Explanation and Analysis:
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Zigzag/Ricky Character Timeline in Holes

The timeline below shows where the character Zigzag/Ricky appears in Holes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 5
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...Squid fetches four other boys, three of whom Mr. Pendanski introduces as José, Theodore, and Ricky (but they call themselves Magnet, Armpit, and Zigzag). The boys and Mr. Pendanski call the... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 7
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...awe, Stanley watches Zero measure his hole, spit in it, and head back to camp. Zigzag declares Zero a "weird dude," but Stanley thinks that Zigzag is objectively weirder: his neck... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 10
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...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 canteen, Stanley hands over the... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 13
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...him from X-Ray. As Stanley is trying to figure out what the object even is, Zigzag notices Stanley and asks what he has. Stanley takes the tube directly to X-Ray. (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 15
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...boys return to the compound, Stanley remarks that the Warden knew all of their names. Zigzag and Armpit explain that the Warden has hidden microphones and cameras all over, and Stanley... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 16
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...is animated and talking loudly. Stanley joins Squid on the couch and as X-Ray shouts, Zigzag grouses for X-Ray to be quiet so he can watch TV. Stanley is perplexed and... (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... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 18
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...dig their own holes. Stanley is relieved, though his head is swollen and painful where Zigzag's shovel hit him and it makes digging difficult. Otherwise, Stanley isn't sore—the digging has made... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 19
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...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 them in trouble at worst... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 22
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...back 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... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 29
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...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 formation that... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 30
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The next day, Zigzag declares that it's July 8, his birthday. He sleeps in and cuts in front of... (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 slave with.... (full context)
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Stanley looks up as Zigzag and Squid approach. Zigzag tries to make Stanley take his cookie and then begins pushing... (full context)
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Suddenly, Zigzag is lifted off Stanley. Stanley looks up to see Zero with an arm around Zigzag's... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 48
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...Room. Soon, the other Group D boys gather around and congratulate Stanley on being released. Zigzag apologizes for ratting out Stanley. Squid asks Ms. Morengo for paper, writes a phone number,... (full context)