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:


...and I wonder, Doctor, yes, if any of this is germane, this heartlessness of soul, because of course it nettled me, as it would any man, that that de minimis of affection, that pittance of true honest love that I needed was, instead withheld from me, and that I was left to placate myself with the feverish pleasures of pliant plicate handkerchiefs, leaving me, in short, to wither, like some sort of dried grape on a wilted vine... (by Sensil)


In the picture he sat on an exquisite yet unassuming chair that he had designed, against the backdrop of sheer, plicate curtains through which you could see the lake outside the window, all of which nettled me because he had made for himself a much nicer home than my suburban McMansion, despite earning a pittance compared to my seven-figure income and never ever considering success to be germane to his life. (by aslam)


In the hustle and bustle of the Nairobi bus station, 90-year old Acanit, the meaning of her name (hard times) sadly germane to her livelihood, plied her way through a nettle of competing street-sellers, balancing a basket of dried yam on a plicate piece of cloth atop her head, approached buses as they stopped briefly, transacting across the high windows, sometimes running alongside the moving bus with her hand stretched out to collect the pittance that the sale brought her. (by QuaQua)


Though the plicate limestone formations in the Tsingi of Bemaraha Nature Reserve seem like they would nettle any creature that moves about looking for pittance in the harsh landscape, the preservation of these formations is germane to the survival of the lemur population that inhabits this beautiful Madagascaran world heritage site. (by QuaQua)


Horse-nettle can be purchased for a pittance or gathered in the field, being distinguishable from cow-poke by the plicate corolla of the bud, and other characteristics germane to its identification while still not in flower. (by Gjones)


Don't assume you can placate your poor teacher just by plicating your brow and appearing studious: he performs his daily penance for a pittance, and no matter how furrowed your forehead, it nettles him when you noodle around, making points that aren't germane, Jermaine. (by Rudi)


It was Reginald’s skillful plication of the fine silk that made his participation in the construction of the Royal gown germane and it nettled Sir Henry not that he worked for a pittance. (by gumo420)


"Approach me not in placatory supplication, for your application wants no explication and is, furthermore, a misfeance patently not germane to the ritual observances," thundered Vishna, plicating his brow, his arms, and a fan-foliation of monikers, the while glowering through triplicate orbs at the smouldering female eunuch who was now prostrating herself in search of oblatory peanuts and chickenfeed; "The heavens forfend! - scrabble not, unseasoned harlot, for I am decidedly discombobulated, markedly miffed, and I would go so far as to say numinously nettled, that any vestal votaress should have the gall to proffer such a pittance in penance!" -whereupon he returned to enraptured contemplation of his sesquipedalian phallus. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Saturday, November 21, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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