A car pulls up at Shack de Creepy. Varlyn gets out, and pulls a bound and struggling Sofie out of the back seat. He swats her once, and then carries her up to the shack.
Inside, Varlyn tosses Sofie to the floor and leaves, locking the door behind him. Sofie rolls over, and hears Apollonia laughing. Sofie looks up and gasps, "Mama?"
Jonesy strolls across camp and enters his tent, where Libby is doing some mending. Jonesy's all smiles until he notices that Libby's looking rather sulky. He asks what's wrong, but Libby doesn't want to talk about it, so then he nags her and she resists and this kills a minute or two. Suddenly, Jonesy smirks, "It's about Sofie, ain't it?" Libby huffs, "Goddammit!" Heh. Jonesy laughs giddily and declares, "That's the first time I ever guessed what was on a woman's mind and got it right." Libby figures this means she's boring, but Jonesy goes on grinning and tells that it's a good thing, because he always knows where he stands with her. He reassures her that she's not boring, and sits next to her on the bed. Libby asks if Jonesy is "still sweet on [Sofie]." Jonesy says that he isn't. Libby asks if Jonesy loves her, and he says that he does. "You better," Libby whispers, and they kiss. The actors are very good. It's a cute scene. I especially like how, even though they're in a tent, you can still see the vultures circling over Jonesy's head.
Casa de Creepy. Iris feeds Balthus in the dining room. Does she know where Sofie is? Is she curious about it at all? Or is she busy with her monologue? Let's listen and find out. She asks Balthus, "What if you hadn't found us, that night on the road?" Well, that answers that question. Iris says that she thought she and Justin were children of God. She ruefully says, "I wish I had made better decisions." Hee. She mentions the orphans and Eleanor, and says that she is beyond redemption. She smiles and kisses Balthus chastely before announcing, "When I die, I'm going to hell. And if I am very, very fortunate, my brother will be waiting for me with an embrace." Excellent line. Excellent character moment. And that's what frustrates me so much. I feel like Iris has been one of the most interesting characters for a long time because everything she does is motivated by her love for her brother, and by her faith. And her problem is that those two things conflict. It's interesting, but it's simple. The only thing I know about Ben's feelings is that he likes Sofie, and I've got no idea why that is. I wouldn't mind so much if not for the fact that he's the main character. It's very weird when the secondary characters are more three-dimensional than the leads, you know?