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by Louis Sachar

Holes Chapter 50 Summary

  • The final chapter is also the only chapter of Part 3: "Filling in the Holes."
  • It opens with a few thoughts about the curse. Stanley's mother thinks there was never a curse to begin with.
  • But think about it: Stanley's father invented his foot odor spray the day after "the great-great-grandson of Elya Yelnats carried the great-great-great-grandson of Madame Zeroni up the mountain" (50.1).
  • Yep, that's right, Shmoopers: when Stanley carried Zero up the mountain, it looks like he broke that stubborn curse.
  • Tying up some loose ends: the Attorney General closed Camp Green Lake. The Warden, desperate for money, had to sell the land, and word on the street is it's going to become a Girl Scout camp.
  • When Stanley and Zero opened the suitcase, they hit the jackpot: inside were lots of jewels and some very valuable stocks. In the end, they each received about a million dollars from the sale of the stocks. Stanley bought his family a new home (with a laboratory for his father, naturally), and Zero (now going by Hector) hired a team of private investigators.
  • We've got one last scene for you: we're at a party at Stanley's house. Everyone has gathered to watch the premiere of a TV commercial for Stanley's father's foot-odor spray, which is called none other than Sploosh. Sploosh!
  • Clyde Livingston, who stars in the commercial, is also at the party.
  • Zero's there, too, and the woman with him has a huge smile: he's found his mom. She softly sings a song to him, a song her grandmother used to sing her when she was little.
  • In fact, it sounds a lot like the one Stanley's father used to sing to him.
  • And that, Shmoopers, is the sappy, lovely, and tear-jerking end.

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