Kissin’ Kate Barlow
Other Titles: Katherine Barlow, Ms. Barlow
Category: Educational Leader, Group Leader
Appears in: "Holes" (book, film)
Portrayed by: Patricia Arquette
About: "Green Lake’s school teacher. She made the best spiced peaces in Texas. Children loved" her, as she was a kind woman (holes.wikia). She and Sam, the black onion picker, who also helped Kate fix up the schoolhouse, fell in love with each other. Trout Walker, another man in the town, who was an abusive, self-centered, spoiled bigot, also pursued Kate and was jealous of Sam. One day she and Sam were caught kissing each other, and with the help of then-current race relations and Walker’s influence, Sam was pursued and killed. Heartbroken and enraged, Kate becomes a famous outlaw, robbing numerous banks in Texas and taking her moniker as she kisses the men she she kills. She also robbed the protagonist’s ancestor, Stanley Yelnats I. When she is later confronted by Walker and his wife, Linda and threatened at gunpoint to reveal the location of her treasure, Kate tells them, “Go ahead and kill me, but I sure hope you like to dig. Cause you’re going to be digging for a long time.” She then picks up a (poisonous) yellow-spotted lizard crawling along and allows it to bite her wrist, knowing what will happen. She dies laughing. In the book, she does not commit suicide - her death is pure accident.
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