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

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:


In the wit-filled milieu of central London, when he noticed that the foreigner who gave him a handsel was surprised by his, "that's not enough for sex and drugs", the mendicant gently added in a stage whisper, "I'm pulling your leg". (by QuaQua)


Walking along the river, Sheryl suddenly found herself in the midst of a shantytown and shrieked at the unkempt mendicant whose empty can thrust toward her, lunging in want for more than mere handsel and kind word; however, in locking eyes with the loose-loined, sorcerous shyster, the milieu of a bacchanalia -- replete with wine, women, and song -- settled into her like sirens’ breath, and before she could stop herself, in a stage whisper, said, “Well, I suppose I have something to give.” (by Bovinity)


"What an odd little man," Gretl wondered in a stage whisper as she passed the burlap-clad mendicant on the busy street; the thought of passing him a handsel had occurred to her, though upon consideration she decided that he would look out of place in whatever other milieu her gift might inspire him to inhabit, and simply walked on. (by luigi)


Failing to understand the ascetic milieu of the Teresianum in Rome, the ostentatious tourist chose a discalced, mendicant friar, slapped a handsel into his paw, and said in a stage whisper (audible to all the startled brothers nearby), "For shoes." (by Rudi)
The Quandary for Tuesday, October 20, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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