Ben's out on the porch, where he deposits the wood into a pail and pulls out his knife. And also an axe. He tucks the axe into his pocket, and the knife into his shoe, and enters the house.
Ben stands in the living room doorway and looks at Balthus, who's staring out the window. Balthus turns and sees Ben. They stare. Then Balthus looks upward in a significant way. Ben turns to look upstairs, and starts climbing. Someone shuts a door up on the second floor, and Ben pulls out his knife before continuing his explorations.
Sofie returns to the living room and asks Balthus if she can get him anything before she leaves. Balthus shakes his head. She asks him to pray for her, and strolls out the front door. I feel like, as written, we should have felt like Ben and Sofie just barely missed seeing each other, but given the show's glacial pace, it doesn't really feel like a near miss.
Upstairs, Ben skulks. He reaches the top of the stairs. Thirty seconds later, he pokes his head into a room. Twenty seconds after that, he enters Iris's bedroom. This show, I swear. By the dresser, Ben spots something, and reaches down to pick up a broken bit of Iris's mirror. Ben holds the shard up, and sees the reflection of a black figure pass the doorway behind him. Ben goes back into the hall, his knife at the ready.
Ben enters Brother Justin's bedroom. I eye it for decorating ideas. I like the chair and reading table in the corner. And so does Ben, apparently, since he wanders toward them. The sawing violin on the soundtrack starts seesawing because this is, apparently, very exciting. Ben slips the knife into his overalls and starts to look more carefully at what I assume is The Gospel of Matthias. Then Iris's laundry basket pokes into the foreground, and she asks, "What are you doing here, young man?" She looks at Ben more carefully and asks, "What is that?" which is a shame, since what she means is, "Is that an axe in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?" Ben pulls the axe out and says that he was told to bring some firewood up, and didn't know where they wanted it, so naturally he just started searching through the house while he left the wood outside. You know, for Ben, that's a pretty good attempt at a cover story. Iris orders Ben to put the axe on the table, which he does, and points out that there's no fireplace upstairs. Ben stiltedly says, "No. Ma'am." I like his hat. Partly because it shades his eyes, so he looks mysterious, and partly because it...well, shades his eyes, and hides his prominent brow. Which I kind of like, actually, but I like guys who look a little odd. Iris looks at Ben for a while and then asks if he's been baptized. Ben says he hasn't. Iris says, "My brother is baptizing converts down at the pond today." She moves out of Ben's way. Ben turns and starts to retrieve his axe, but Iris snaps, "Leave it." Ben gets in a quick stare and leaves. Once he's gone, Iris picks up the axe and places it across Justin's pillow.