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:


"I thought the downfall was going to need less skills," sobbed Elena, her tristful expression rendered beautiful by her high cheek bones, referring to the downgrade of her career to Fashion Foofaraw's rapporteur after a nasty fall on the runway, "I don't even know how to appreciate the sanitorial skills of horticulture," though, in all likelihood, she probably does appreciate the sartorial skills of haute couture more than she gave herself credit for. (by QuaQua)


Surrounded by gauzy, glittering, glorious heaps that under his talented needle would have been reborn into a parade of couture gowns and other sartorial excesses, the tristful sempster sat and sighed and lamented his fatal decision to ignore the recommendations of the rapporteur for the garment-workers' union. (by LSnowe)


A friend of mine who fancies himself a rapporteur of all things couture often posts tristful Facebook updates declaiming against the sartorial gaffes of his fellow subway riders. (by luigi)


Despite being a sartorially sophisticated rapporteur for the evening wear segment of the fashion industry, I was overcome by the tristful beauty of the Badgley Mischka couture wedding dress, with its light dusting of smoky beads. (by cusheamus)


As a self-appointed rapporteur of sartorial abuses, Pierre considers it his tristful duty to document the fashion violations of every person he knows, so that he may one day bring each offender before the court of high couture. (by Rudi)


"My good Friday," remonstrated Crusoe tristfully, "given the extreme scantiness of your breechclout it hardly becomes you to cast aspersions on my own superior attire; and as purported rapporteur to your distant tribe you might have the decency to acknowledge that, as an artless savage, you cannot be expected to recognise neat selvage when you see it; so I would respectfully posit that to inscribe 'I don't like the cut of his jib' - although commendably nautical a construction - does constitute a sadly ill-informed disparagement of the sartorial refinements of my couture." (by Bud Myte)


I felt like the shame of the guilty rapporteur that day as I watched Morty step up to the plate wearing that tristful expression: the truth, known only to him, me and the Commission that had appointed me , was that this would be his last game for the Weequahic High School Baseball team; the last time that he would bring his own brand of sartorial pride to Newark Field; the last time we would see the elegance of his stride and the way he held his hands, that on those cool spring days had seemed to elevate the dusty gray and red stripes of the Weequahic uniform almost to the level of couture. (by Sensil)


Despite a sartorial resplendence, truly a shining example of contemporary couture, his long face and sad eyes gave an appearance more apropos a tristful Beagle than internationally renowned rapporteur. (by gumo420)
The Quandary for Monday, November 30, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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