“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.