At his touch, the band loosened enough to slide over her hand.
She loosened her grip on him, sensing he wasn't going to leave, whatever his mood was.
Long brown fingers loosened and removed the tie and then unbuttoned his shirt.
He loosened his collar and tie out of absolute necessity.
Whether it was the wine he had drunk, or an impulse of frankness, or the thought that this man did not, and never would, know any of those who played a part in his story, or whether it was all these things together, something loosened Pierre's tongue.