Jim arrives back from the meeting a little flustered. He's due in to a meeting at 1 o'clock and had been trying to escape T.Aldous' clutches since twelve o'clock (T.Aldous only set off for the meeting at twenty to eleven).
"I kept trying to excuse myself but couldn't get out."
"You could have just left."
"No I couldn't: he'd parked across the driveway entrance so that none of us could get out."