Todd's father figure. Ben and Cillian were friends of Todd's parents so when they died, they took in Todd. He convinced Cillian to come to New World with him and he farms wheat and sheep on their farm with Todd and Cillian. Ben is kind and his noise is blue or sometimes green, as said by Todd. He was thought to be dead after he went to help Cillian create a diversion, though this is untrue. He followed behind Todd and Viola, trying to find them, and met up with them at Carbonel Downs. The elders of Carbonel Downs believe him to be a spy when they find him, and even when he convinces them otherwise, they still try to kill him, as by the law. They let him go as the army is coming, and Ben, Todd and Viola continue running along the river. Ben soon tells Todd and Viola the true history of Prentisstown and New World. Ben didn't think they'd actually kill the women, which is why he stayed, and he didn't fight the Mayor and didn't let Cillian so they could stay alive and protect Todd. Ben sacrifices himself again to buy Todd and Viola time to escape from Davy Prentiss Jr., and is once again thought to be dead. He is healed by the Spackle and is revived in Monsters of Men, as a half-spackle, half-human as he can communicate in both languages. he can Voice-talk, and he can regular talk.