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:

7

"This will test your character, your endurance--your mettle--you man from the atelier above my rented flat," I shouted to the crouched figure among the creeping ant-like myrmidons forming the two sides of the gantlet he would soon be forced to run, unprotected, with no jacket or chaps or a single leather gauntlet at his wrist. (by Grayce)

6

"The mettle of a knight is more than the metal of his gauntlets," thought Francis; in his atelier, he had long created the armored works of art that protected the old Royal Guard--he felt the new king's ragtag collection of sycophantic myrmidons, however, was unfit even to wear one of his spurs. (by luigi)

5

Henry is rich in gold but poor in mettle, and the only gauntlet he's ever taken up is the one he purchased at Sotheby's, now on display in the luxury condo he calls his 'atelier,' where he postures as an artist but cowers from the canvas, watching idly as his scurrying, well-tipped myrmidons do the only brushwork that happens in the place, the dusting and sweeping. (by Rudi)

4

Divorce court can test a judge, especially when the accusations -- built in the slimy law-crafter's atelier by a cruel two-hundred-an-hour myrmidon of some vitriol-twisted ex-to-be -- stray toward insanity and drunkenness; a brutal gauntlet, beginning with exaggeration and running to prevarication and (all-too-frequently) altercation, to test the mettle of a green adjudicate. (by mediaprophet)

3

At the glassworking atelier, Wally donned his protective gauntlets and showed his mettle in front of the other apprentices by thrusting the molten glass at the end of the blowpipe into the furnace, while the gaffer's myrmidons huddled on the periphery nervously clutching bundles of wet newspaper. (by cusheamus)

2

The auditions were the defining moment, the throwing down of the Gauntlet as it were, when ones mettle would be tested, first before these talentless myrmidons, then on to the ultimate gatekeeper, the Master, the creator of this supreme atelier of achievement: Mr. Funnybuns himself and, ultimately, acceptance into… The Funnybuns Academy of Buffoonery and Exotic Dance; Leopold’s heart raced at the very thought of it. (by gumo420)

1

Running the gauntlet of his egotistic sarcasm, her mettle had been so tried that, finally, she resolved upon renting her own mansard atelier, glad to escape both his witless gibes and the condescension of his entourage of obsequious myrmidons - those talentless Apes of God. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Tuesday, January 05, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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