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:


It was not easy to nonplus Dr. Guernsey, whose unruffled savoir-faire extended to cover even our current predicament, although his oafish sidekick Frank was badly rattled enough for both of them, to the point that several of the well-armed mob in front of us began to grin at his chapfallen consternation, even to laugh, albeit ferally. (by cusheamus)


The accountant was once a financial savior, full of savoir-faire, not chapfallen when revenues fell or nonplussed when the numbers didn't add up, but now he's a fallen chap facing stern reality, and his former colleagues are full of consternation at the debt into which he conned the corporation. (by Rudi)


Having killed Ravana's dear brother, Rama nonplussed an already chapfallen Ravana by breaking his bow with one shot; the sympathy in what Rama said then, albeit out of his characteristic savoir-faire, caused the proud king's ultimate consternation: 'Ravana, go home to your wife. Let us resume the battle tomorrow'. (by QuaQua)


Nonplussed, the young prince grasped the chapfallen skull and looked directly into its gaping eye sockets and tongueless mouth: when finally he spoke, his words were bitter with consternation, and his turncoat eyes betrayed the loss of that savior-faire that he, and Denmark, had once believed to be his birthright. (by Sensil)


When Dr. Sir Fredrick Treves first “unveiled” Joseph Merrick to the medical staff and select members of London society he anticipated the nonplussed chapfallen consternation Merrick’s extreme hemihypertrophic Protean disease would cause; but none, not even Treves, could have anticipated the startling serenity and savoir-faire that presented itself when Merrick spoke, despite the pain and difficulty speaking with a pronounced dysarthric splutter must have caused. (by gumo420)


Chapfallen, yet bravely gritting his teeth and keeping a stiff upper lip, he was nonplussed at their evident consternation, unaware that his unwitting simulation of risus sardonicus was communicating a certain lack of savoir-faire as he stepped up to give the funeral eulogy. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Saturday, December 05, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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