Anywho, with the shelter closed, Arkos tries to weed out the other source of gossip, Francis's story.
Francis, unfortunately, doesn't know how to look out for his own interests. He continues to tell everyone only that he can't say one way or another—maybe wanderer dude was The Famous Leibowitz, maybe he was just The Dude. Who knows.
Francis isn't permitted to profess his vows again. But there are plenty of hickory ruler spankings to make up for that absence in our hearts.