What is the cliffhanger in chapter 4 of Holes?

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Chapters 1, 2, and 4 do a nice job of letting readers know that Camp Green Lake is not the wonderful summer camp that the name suggests. It's not green, there is no lake, and there for sure is no fun. It's a camp for misfit children, and it is run by a warden that makes the kids dig huge holes every day. It is horrible, hot, dry, and dusty work. Most of the information about what Stanley is expected to do at the camp is given to him in chapter 4.

At the conclusion of the chapter, Mr. Sir walks Stanley outside and lets him know that there is no fence or no guard tower to stop Stanley from running away: there doesn't need to be. Stanley is told that there isn't water for 100 miles and that he'll be "buzzard food in three days" if he tries to run away. Stanley is then told to get used to being thirsty—it's how he'll be for the next 18 months. The chapter ends on that horrible thought.

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