The patriarch of the Tessier-Ashpool clan, husband of Marie-France, father of the original Jean and Jane, and genetic father of 8Jean and 3Jane. Technically over 200 years old, he’s spent much of his life cryogenically frozen. Together he and Marie-France built the T-A empire, but he and Marie-France disagreed about certain aspects of their project (Marie-France liked AIs, he didn’t) and he eventually strangled her. He appears in the novel only briefly—Molly stumbles across his suicide attempt after she breaks into the Villa Straylight. Ashpool has been frozen for the last 30 years, but 3Jane (with Wintermute’s help) adjusted his program so he had constant bad dreams. Now, awake, he is committed not to go back into his disturbed sleep. Before he goes to sleep he has sex with, and then murders, a Jane clone. Molly sees this, and kills him before he can kill himself.
Ashpool Character Timeline in Neuromancer
The timeline below shows where the character Ashpool appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...and Case’s computer as well. Dixie passes on information from Wintermute, he told him most Tessier-Ashpools are in cold sleep. 3Jane is the only one awake in Straylight. The other two... (full context)
...insanity—he understands Armitage/Corto, a man who was broken and then reconstructed, but he doesn’t understand Ashpool. Case realizes he’d never considered anyone as powerful as Ashpool as human. When he thought... (full context)
...her family into a “symbiotic relationship with,” the AIs, all “corporate decisions made for” them. Ashpool, who disagreed with his wife’s plans, killed Marie-France, which 3Jane knows because of conversations with... (full context)