“What do you suppose he's doing?” Al asked me, studying Eric, the new hire.
“Looks like he's standing around,” I told him after taking a look.
“That's what it looks like to me, too,” Al said.
Al shuffled his feet and adjusted his hat while keeping a close eye on Eric, who continued to stand around.
“Why do you suppose he's doing that?” he asked.
“Doing what?” I asked, not looking up from the papers I was working on.
“The standing around.”
“I don't know,” I told him, trying to get back to my work.
“I can't tolerate that.”
“I wouldn't think you could,” I said.