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:

5

It was the canonical midlife crisis; marooned in the existential doldrums of his early 50s, Humphrey tried all the usual remedies - the red Porsche, dates with the Vassar coed, dabbling in the occult - before finally achieving inner peace by submitting to the draconian demands of Madame Dora, Denver's most despotic dominatrix. (by sionnach)

4

After struggling for hours to put a thorny equation into canonical form, the number theorist fell into the doldrums, questioning why he had subjected himself to the draconian requirements of mathematical correctness when he could have made more money as a practitioner of the occult science of numerology. (by Rudi)

3

Becalmed for three weeks in the Doldrums and miserable under the draconian regulations now governing water usage, the crew of the Circe, most of them good Catholics at the beginning of the voyage, abandoned their canonical practices (prayer, fasting, and works of mercy) and began experimenting with mysticism and the occult, including but not limited to trying to summon the spirits of dead sailors, sacrificing four chickens and a goat, and persuading a dowser to look for the captain's hidden water barrel. (by cusheamus)

2

Some have argued that it was the use of the chastity belt that thrust the Middle Ages into an extended period of intellectual doldrums and thus plunged the cannonical expansion of the occult sciences deep into the social womb despite draconian prohibitions. (by gumo420)

1

Dear Kapellmeister Bach, We acknowledge receipt of your latest musical offering, The Art of Fugue, but would respectfully observe that it is not only incomplete but includes many wilfully abstruse canonical pieces that are, frankly, altogether passé, having been occulted by more accessible rococo styles; therefore we trust that you will not find our considered rejection unreasonably draconian, driven as it is by the commercial imperative to escape the doldrums of the current recession. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Thursday, January 14, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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