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

As we rounded the ness, tracing a sheep path running perilously close to the edge, an old tar could be seen down by the noust making what with some insouciance we took to be irenic gestures of greeting but which, as it later transpired, proved to be his last hopeless attempts to summon assistance as the incoming tide lapped his larynx; so not waving but drowning - how utterly piquant! (by Et Seqq)

4

It was my aim to befriend, not to hunt them as have my predecessors on this promontory, but much as I strive to keep my irenic disposition, much as I try to interpret (sometimes, even to participate) in their discourse, I find nothing piquant or remotely stimulating in such obtuse squawking, nor can I respond with insouciance when I see how, with their excretory excesses, they mess the ness, blasted puffins! (by Rudi)

3

A vacant stop, almost irenic (here comes the train); a person floating (in his dreamland); a chair (an indentured servant), throney[sic] in its likeness; he sits in his chair in his insouciance in the ness of the loch, oblivious to the reality about him (I would agree to his situation being piquant). (by Michalski)

2

They greet as we land on a ness-- (How revealing and piquant their dress!) These insouciant tribes With irenical vibes Only "share" and they don’t know “possess”. (by QuaQua)

1

It's hard to tell where the "ness" is at Loch Ness, but there is a place two-thirds of the way up the western shore which sticks out a bit - the lake being otherwise uniformly very long and narrow - and includes the highest point above the lake, as well as the gentle ruins of Urquhart Castle, which seems the likeliest spot to be described as "noselike" (and where, incidentally, one could while away a carefree irenic afternoon, bland insouciance tempered by the piquant possibility of sighting the monster). (by cusheamus)
The Quandary for Wednesday, August 18, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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