A young S.S. guard at Ravensbruck. Corrie nicknames her “the Snake” due to the shiny dress she wears under her uniform. The Snake is often vicious towards prisoners, but she also intercedes to get Betsie medical care in the hospital. Her conflicting actions represent the struggle between good and bad impulses that exists within everyone.
The Snake Character Timeline in The Hiding Place
The timeline below shows where the character The Snake appears in The Hiding Place. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Blue Sweater
...call, a mentally disabled girl suddenly soils herself, and a particularly vicious guard, nicknamed The Snake, starts beating her. Whispering to Betsie, Corrie wonders aloud if they can open a home... (full context)