Arthur James Freemont Ashpool os a former genuine landowning aristocrat of the English upper crust. He was finally forced to leave the country under pressure from what little remaining family he had left after being named in a subversive plot. Living with as much dignity as he can manage, he remains in-effect a man in exile. Known to have the driest wit on this side of the Atlantic, he is a man of finely-tuned desires and fickle attentions. Since his arrival in New Dresden he has become closely associated with the daugher of the late Roscoe Zimmerman, Olivia.