but thinks he doesn’t? A Tough Case, according to Frank and Ernest.
But seriously, I think it’s just a case of Modest Uncertainty. Long long ago, Shakespeare wrote, “Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise” (Troilus and Cressida). He also said, “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool” (As You Like It). This means that Frank and Ernest are very much up on their Shakespeare.
Better to have modest doubt than To Fake It Till You Make It, a known tactic of certain types within the Washington Beltway. Why? Because if you fake it and get called, you can’t play poker no more, unless the one doing the calling was an even bigger fake. And it doesn’t matter whether you intended to fake it or not.