Ernie knew that Susan didn't take complements well from years of knowing her, so when she blushed crimson, he just smiled. He meant every word of it, and Susan deserved to hear it. "That's what friends are for," he agreed, "which is why you're a good friend to have." He was not going to let her brush the compliment aside completely, because as far as Ernie was concerned, it was a big deal.
Considering the Squid, Ernie was much less certain. "I think he's doing alright," he replied hesitantly, "and I don't think he'll be hurt." He wasn't sure, but that's what he heard from so many sources that he was starting to beleive it too, although he didn't place quite as much confidence in the Ministry.