The minister was weakening most lamentably, giving her husband a loophole to escape.
From every side he attacked the problem, but nowhere could he find the loophole he sought.
"Well," Captain Jerry wriggled and twisted, but saw no loophole.
He saw it now, and saw that the only loophole was the chance this combat offered him.
For myself, if I fail, there may well be some loophole ...