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:


Yudhishtra was so demure and morally upright that his chariot floated two inches above the ground, but once Krishna, through a precatory remark, suborned him into lying that Dhrona's son was dead, his torpor in the face of Dhrona's suffering brought his chariot down to the ground. (by QuaQua)


You would never guess that demure Wilfred is a sorcerer of blackmail, but trust me before you become his victim, for with a few precatory whispers this quiet devil is capable of suborning a chaste individual and replacing rectitude with moral torpor in their heart. (by Rudi)


Many would have considered the simple phrase “I was hoping that…” a precatory request at best but when uttered by Caligula there was nothing demure or suggestive about it and to fail to fulfill those hopes was a death sentence; but in the end it was that feigned torpor more than the capricious greed and murder that drove the subornation of the Praetorian Guard; for death and avarice were dignified but indifference was unbearable. (by gumo420)


"My dear Lieutenant Featherstonehaugh," she murmured, demurely lowering her eyes and her knickers, "One is no angletwitch, and it ill becomes you to suborn me, Lady Belvoir, a member of the nubility, to awaken that ergophobic draffsack Colonel Cholmondeley from his crapulous torpor in the fond hope of blackmailing him; so one shall overlook such gross presumption and interpret the solicitation as but injudicious precation . . . that said, I could not help but perceive your uncommonly ithyphallic stance, and so might I construe that you are still disposed to indulge in a little houghmagandy, mmm?" (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Tuesday, January 12, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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