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Madam Zerone
Madame Zeroni is a minor character in the film Holes. She is a wise, old Egyptian woman who only has one leg. Elya Yelnats came to her for wisdom and advice. Despite warning him that the young woman he hoped to marry was spoiled and empty-headed, she gave him one of her pigs and, and a way to make it grow larger - he had to carry it up a nearby mountain every day and sing a song to it as it drank from the stream there. She also made him promise to come back and carry her up the mountain so she could drink from the spring. However, he missed the last day, and the pig ended up only as big as the pig Igor offered. Her great-great-great-grandson is Zero. She is portrayed by the late Eartha Kitt.


  • Madame Zeroni: "If only, if only, the woodpecker sighs, The bark on the tree was as soft as the skies. The wolf waits below, hungry and lonely, And cries to the moon, If only if only."
  • Madame Zeroni: "If you forget to come back for Madame Zeroni, you and your family will be cursed for always and eternity!"
  • Madame Zeroni: "You should go to America. That's where my son is. That's where your future is, not Myra Menke. Her head's as empty as a flowerpot!"

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