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:


The eremite seeks closeness with God, but in the absence of human company his speech, and in turn his prayers grow incoherent, and his heart – like a wilting damask – grows pallid. (by Rudi)


The pallid light cast damask shadows over the cell as the Franciscan eremite murmured something incoherent about lentils, Mary Magdalene, and Billy Joel. (by luigi)


With a sigh, he turned his pallid eyes towards the tortuous road disappearing into the horizon; his thoughts neared Sophia’s standing silhouette beside the window, but his body would not follow; he felt himself stuck to his chair, as if suddenly he thought himself an eremite; Tolstoy came to his mind, while his fingers unfolded the damask table linen, his mind almost incoherently subduing his agitated thoughts about what the future might be. (by Margot Jack)


The center piece of the Brigadier’s table was his captured eremite, supposedly a devote of the Goddess Kali, who, as it turned out, proved himself quite a bloodthirsty fellow when he threw off his garlands of Gardenias shouting some incoherent Hindi gibberish, sliced through half the guests with a steak knife - ruining the poor Brigadiers exquisite damask tablecloth - and scurried out over the roof tops leaving us all quite shocked and pallid. (by gumo420)


"After the match you were arrested outside the restaurant at 1.30 a.m., clad only in a damask tablecloth and leading a rowdy, drunken conga of football supporters; your responses to the constable's questions were wildly incoherent, and we cannot now accept your later pallid excuse that you are a lapsed eremite deserving of our compassion and munificence." (by Bud Myte)


George wondered whether the "Wan" in Obi-Wan Kenobi meant "pallid" or was simply a clever way of spelling "Juan"; whether the name of the eremite Jedi Yoda was Sanskrit or Hebrew; whether Amidala (damask-cheeked and almond-eyed under her traditional face paint mask) was meant to suggest the amygdala or just almonds in general ; and whether musing incoherently about such matters was as rewarding for others as it was for him. (by cusheamus)


Ten years as a cave-dwelling eremite had turned Erwin into a pallid incoherent wraith, prone to sporadic psoriatic flares which dotted his body with lesions the size of damask roses. (by sionnach)
The Quandary for Friday, January 15, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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