Ben is the Curate and really likes Harold Snelling. He keeps the tiny village church going as Harold isn’t really up to the job anymore. Rather than force his friend into retirement Ben covers up Harold’s mistakes and writes all his services for him.

Ben is a very nice young man and doesn’t deserve the way that Violet Bagg-Meanly treats him. He has been banished to the cold and dark attic room which he hates - and it simply makes his troublesome cough worse. Ben has little money and can’t afford a place of his own and the little money he does have is spent on a horrible cough medicine. Ben also owes Mrs Bagg-Meanly a small fortune for coughing during church service.