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In the novel Elephants Can Remember, Mademoiselle Zélie Meauhourat was the second of Celia Ravenscroft's governesses at Overcliffe. She took on the post about one to one and a half years after Mademoiselle Rouselle. After this, Zélie Meauhourat returned to Switzerland where she started a pensionnat. At the time of the events of the novel, she had recently retired. She is one of the titular "elephants".

Shortly before the death of the Ravenscrofts, Zélie Meauhourat returned to Overcliffe to serve as a companion and to help look after Margaret Ravenscroft. At the same time it was decided that Celia should have an overseas education in Switzerland. A sister of Zélie received Celia and settled her in the boarding school. Meanwhile, Zélie remained at Overcliffe and was there at the time of the death of Celia's parents. Subsequently Zélie returned to Switzerland and Celia continued her education at her pensionnat.

For many years, Zélie remained silent about what she know about the true circumstances of the death of Celia's parents but Poirot eventually persuaded her to come to England to help him establish the truth.

At the time of the events in the book, Zélie is living in Lausanne. Poirot finds her a remarkable woman of about forty. She has eyes that watched and "made their own judgment on you, willing to welcome you, looking with kindliness on those who came her way but without undue softness."

Zélie is described as being "alive" and "still attractive". She has brown hair "as yet hardly touched with grey", and grey eyes.

Zélie tells Poirot that General Ravenscroft had first fallen in love with Dorothea Preston-Grey, and then with her sister, Margaret. According to her, he loved them both.

Zélie was also in love with General Ravenscroft, although they had never had a love-affair. He had trusted her and relied on her, but had not been in love with her. She tells Poirot that she just wanted General Ravenscroft to trust her, believe in her, and be sympathetic to her. He had done so, and she wanted no more.

At the end of the novel, Poirot persuades Zélie to go to Overcliffe, to meet with Celia, and to be present when Poirot is revealing what he has found about the deaths of General and Lady Ravenscroft.

Zélie reveals that Dorothea and Margaret had gone out together one day, and Dorothea had returned alone, with one hand covered in blood. General Ravenscroft went out to look for Margaret, and Zélie went after him. They found Margaret on a ledge a little way down from the cliff. She had been battered with rocks and stones, and had lost a lot of blood, but was still alive.

It is further revealed that Margaret told General Ravenscroft that Dorothea had attacked her, but did not know what she was doing. She asked him to promise that he would not let Dorothea be arrested and imprisoned. She also appealed to Zélie, whom she said had always loved her and the children, and asked her to help General Ravenscroft to save Dorothea. She died shortly after that.

Zélie helped General Ravenscroft hide Margaret's body. She later took Dorothea to an empty cottage, and stayed there with her for a period of time. General Ravenscroft told people that it was Dorothea who had fallen to her death while sleepwalking, and that Margaret had been taken to hospital because she was in shock following her sister's death.

Zélie ordered extra wigs from Mrs Rosentelle. They later brought Dorothea back to Overcliffe as Margaret, wearing Margaret's clothes and wigs of the kind Margaret used to wear.

General Ravenscroft later arranged for Zélie to return to Switzerland. He told her that he was going to shoot Dorothea and then himself, and asked her to promise not to tell anyone what had truly happened.

Zélie tells Celia that she had never intended to reveal the truth to her, or anyone else, but that Poirot had made her see differently. However, Celia says that she is glad to know the truth.

Zélie later tells Poirot that she is glad that she came, and that he was right for persuading her to reveal the truth to Celia. She expresses the opinion that Celia and Desmond Burton-Cox are charming and well-suited to each other, and will be happy together.