Margaret Oliphant, is the editor-in-chief of The Hamyln "O" Courant Newspaper Office, as well as the old boss of Arthur Hastings, back when he was a reporter. Oliphant is one of the few people within Wellington Wells that knows the true state that it is in. Though she doesn't admit it, she lets some parts slip out, and hardly gets any good stories from her journalists as they are all unimaginative and out of date.
Events of We Happy FewEdit
Arthur meets Margaret wishing to have his old job back to get a pass to get into Haworth Labs. Margaret has many other people ahead him on the list. However she wishes to know what has happened to Gemma Olsen as she was making a story about the tunnels.
When Arthur returns he tells what happened to Gemma as well as to the condition the tunnels are in they are actually worse that it was first thought were. Oliphant knowing that Arthur wants the pass to get to the labs asks why only the reply to be its 'personal'. Margaret warns that the labs answer to only 'Verloc's law'.
After escaping Haworth Labs with the cod liver oil for Sally Boyle, Arthur finds the "O" Courant shutdown. Sneaking in Margaret's office is ransacked with a decoded note. Moving the cat statues in the right positions opens a secret passage way to a room where Margaret published the "unpleasant issues".
- She is listed on Sally Boyle's clientele list for Blackberry Joy.
- It's unclear or not if she is off her Joy or not, though she is well aware of the true state Wellington Wells is in. Having sent Gemma Olsen to investigate the tunnels. Only to stumble upon the secret Permanent Solution by Dr Verloc.
- Her last name means "ivory elephant" from Anglo-Norman, Middle English.
- In the credits, she is referred to as Mrs. Oliphant, suggesting that she is married.