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:


Ned didn't feel he should be penalized -- a permanent ban seemed harsh! -- for his hawthorn topiary of Salma Hayek, her empyrean bust-line being heavenly indeed, but he understood that as a symbol of pygmalionism, not everyone would fall in love with so large a hedge. (by chimchim)


Admiring the triumph of his winter labor -- one stunning glass replica of a flowering hawthorn sprig -- the sculptor believed spring had truly arrived and, as he rushed out of his workshop to celebrate the new season, gazing up at the empyrean and clutching his symbolic creation against his heart, he was penalized for this fit of pygmalionism by a torrent of January hailstones. (by Rudi)


A hawthorn wreath encircling His head, the figure of the dying Christ hung limply from the crudely shaped bronze crucifix, its highly polished and exquisitely carved rosewood contrasting with the rough metal; its creator, replete with pygmalionism, gazed lovingly at his work, such that onlookers half expected a bolt to shoot down from the empyrean heights to penalize him for the sin of idolatry. (by luigi)


In the after glow of love, shielded by the thicket of Hawthorn’s from the prying eyes of small minds who would penalize it and label it ‘unnatural’ or something clinical like Pygmalionism; Vernon gazed into the empyreal blue of her eyes and was driven, yet again, to join himself to his ‘anatomically correct, lifelike-vinyl’ companion who never complained or scolded him for his passion or his haste. (by gumo420)


Daphne may have been turned into a laurel tree, but Hilda thought being a hawthorn would be nicer, since just standing under it and gazing up through the glossy leaves and the cluster of tiny white blossoms into the azure Empyrean was heaven on earth, although it occurred to her that her Golden Retriever might construe such a transmogrification as the longed-for outcome of his adoring wish that she never leave home and he might then become unpleasantly proprietorial (a canine Pygmalion), because it seemed as though being rooted to the spot where the dog could pee on her several times a day would be just the sort of be-careful-what-you-wish-for penalizing the gods particularly enjoy. (by cusheamus)


If she remains stolidly unresponsive to your touch, cold as marble, staring up impassively and unflinchingly at the blue empyrean even as you thrash about her with flagellating hawthorn, then do not penalise or chastise yourself for unavailing Pygmalionism, for this is no statue, but your own dear wife. (by Et Seqq)
The Quandary for Wednesday, April 21, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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