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Kissin' Kate Barlow

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Katherine "Kissin' Kate" Barlow is a character that appears in Louis Sachar's book Holes, as well as the movie adaptation, where she's portrayed by Patricia Arquette. She is a former schoolteacher who fell in love with an African-American onion farmer named Sam. When Charles “Trout” Walker (who has a crush on her) sees the two kissing in the Green Lake schoolhouse, he leads a lynch mob to destroy the schoolhouse as well as to kill Sam, and is successful in the latter.

Emotionally wrecked, she resolves to become an outlaw who kissed every man she killed, some of which were the men responsible for Sam's death. She became one of the most prolific outlaws during that time, robbing most, if not all major banks. However, she felt little joy in what she did. Years later, Trout and his younger wife Linda tracked her down in the ruins of the old schoolhouse and demanded to know the location of her buried loot. They took her into the desert and forced her to wander for hours, although she refused to tell them the location. Barlow committed suicide by allowing a yellow-spotted lizard to bite her on the wrist and died while laughing.


  • "If you hang him, then you better hang me too, because I kissed him back."
  • "Morning Sheriff, do you still want that kiss?"
  • "Get on up outta there!"
  • "Give my your loot!"
  • "It's so hot, Sam, but I feel so cold."
  • "I've been waiting for you, Trout!"
  • "I ain't gonna kill you."
  • "There ain't no loot."
  • "Linda Miller, is that you?"
  • "You use to be so sweet, you must have married him for his money."
  • "Go on, kill me, the lake goes on for miles."
  • "I've been wishing I was dead for a long time."
  • "You, your children and your children's children will dig for the next 100 years and you will never find it."
  • "Start digging, Trout." (last words)

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