Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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Maude Lyttleton never hesitated in her ungainly descent of the stairs, but she saw from the corner of her left eye – the right, the wayward, unfocussed and so disconcerting to anyone unfamiliar with her acuity, still scanned the stairwell – the fast-approaching figure with hands upraised as if to fling her over the railing and her mind made a rapid calculation: less lissom than a gazelle, nor so lissome as the ballerinas of Les Ballet Trockadero she had seen at the Festival Theatre two years previously; wearing the black trouser-suit, white shirt and blue tie so favoured by politicians in this city, yet giving off an impression of someone at odds with their own outward appearance; this was no mere man, no man at all, but a person weel kent to the readership of the Scotsman, or the Sunday Post, and oft-discussed in the drawing-rooms of the Capital's culturati and so, when Maude spoke, softly, but with excellent diction: “Roxie Davidova, as I live and breathe, come to paint the town red I presume” her words stopped the leader of Scotland's tiny Unionist Party in her tracks, felt to her like a slap in the face with a wet haddock, and she flushed, her face redder than the Socialist Flag, disconcertingly so, and to Maude's temporary confusion she saw tears spring from Miss Davidova's eyes and stream down her cheeks, the sight of which brought a tenderness to her breast and she placed a comforting hand on the other's sobbing shoulder and “there, there, pet,” she murmured, her voice full of concern and compassion. (by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for today, Saturday, April 25, 2015, consists of:
  • lissom
  • paint the town red
  • lissome
  • culturati
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

Agile; graceful.
  1. To party or celebrate in a rowdy, wild manner, especially in a public place.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for April 25, 2015 is:

lissome • \LISS-um\  • adjective
1 : easily flexed 2 : lithe, nimble

The lissome figures of the swimmers wriggled up and down the lanes of the pool.

"One pas de deux, by Vernard J. Gilmore and Sarah Daley, whose arms floated from her lissome torso like drifting silk, offered a rare glimpse of the choreography’s eerie capriciousness." — Gia Kourlas, New York Times, December 8, 2014

Did you know?
Lissome (sometimes spelled lissom) is a gently altered form of its synonym, lithesome. While lissome tends to be the more popular choice these days, the two words have similar pasts. They both appeared in the second half of the 18th century, and they both trace back to the much older lithe ("supple" or "graceful"), which first appeared in English during the 14th century and comes from an Old English word meaning "gentle." Lissome can also be an adverb meaning "in a supple or nimble manner," but this use is rare.

culturati: people deeply interested in cultural and artistic matters.

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