Ignore him.

As intelligent as he seems, he doesn't seem very helpful to you current situation.
You elect to ignore him for the time being, and investigate this cavernous white room.
Before you are various pieces of furniture to analyze.
There's a bookshelf, a cabinet, and a grandfather clock.

An image of Niles. He appears to be offended.

Niles scowls at your dismissal of him, and sulks in a corner or some other stupid shit. But you aren't aware of this, because you're igoring him.