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:


A pother ensued at the fashion show when a poltroon in frayed pantaloons, diaphanous in their age, finessed his way from gutter-lair to exalted runway, and there groped the true exemplars of haute couture, clad as well in diaphanous pantaloons. (by Rudi)


It is not the diaphanous actions and comments regarding the current state of affairs in the USA made by the poltroons on both sides of the political spectrum in Washington that pothers me; no, it is the finesse they use to get us to buy into their garbage that is truly irritating. (by LAlogophile)


How can one finesse a poltroon’s mind to make it take flight with diaphanous thoughts and ponder a Shakespeare sonnet, or the works of Plutarch or Raphael Holinshed, whose words inspired new ones, such as “our veil’d dames Commit the war of white and damask in Their nicely-gawded cheeks to the wanton spoil Of Phœbus’ burning kisses: such a pother”, words we find in Coriolanus, or “Patience is for poltroons, such as he: He durst not sit there, had your father lived”, words we discover in King Henry VI? (by Margot Jack)


Margery, the great success of whose lingerie boutique, Diaphanous Dainties, had surprised even her, was attempting with characteristic thoroughness to finesse her way around yet another blackmail attempt by that noxious poltroon Dengler, but was sadly stymied by this bit of pother over the handgun license. (by cusheamus)


As an investigator he proved to be nothing more than a bullying poltroon so completely devoid of finesse and engulfed, as he always was, in a pother of fetid pipe smoke with skills so diaphanous as to be nonexistent that were it not for the poetic licenses of Conan Doyle and his “companion” Watson he would have withered into obscurity before my genius. Sincerely, M. (by gumo420)


"To hell with finesse, Desiree, this is Shakespearean hard porn we're shooting, so just let Rodney rip off the diaphanous gown without making any pother, and then get right down to it like I told you - but keep talking real dirty . . . hey, what's Anne Hathaway's next line? - here we are: 'Give it to me, big boy, thou Stratford varlet, thou scurvy knave, thou poltroon . . .' - think you can manage that, Desiree? . . . O.K. then - action!" (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Friday, December 18, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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