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Plot Overview of Holes Stanley Yelnats a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great- great-grandfather is sent to Camp Green Lake a juvenile detention camp for a crime he did not commit Stanley and the other boys at the camp are forced to dig large holes in the dirt every day Stanley eventually realizes that they are digging these holes because the Warden is searching for something As Stanley continues to dig holes and meet the other boys at the camp the narrator intertwines three separate stories to reveal why Stanleys family has a curse and what the Warden is looking for When he was a boy Stanleys great-great-grandfather Elya Yelnats received a pig from Madame Zeroni a gypsy in exchange for a promise Elyas promise was that after the pig grew strong he would carry Madame Zeroni who only had one leg up a mountain and sing her a song that she had taught him After becoming disillusioned with the girl he thought he loved however Elya hops a boat to America forgetting his promise to Madame Zeroni Elya marries and has a child in America and always thinks about Madame Zeroni who he believes has cursed him because of his failure to fulfill his promise He knows that Madame Zeronis son lives in America but Elya never finds him One hundred and ten years before Stanley arrives at Camp Green Lake the town of Green Lake is a beautiful place where peach trees bloom throughout the spring In this Texas town the schoolteacher Katherine Barlow falls in love with Sam the onion seller Sam sells onions to eat and to use for medicinal purposes While Katherine and Sam are alive racism is institutionalized in the United States and it is against the law for a black man to kiss a white woman Because Sam is black and Katherine is white the people in the
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