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:


A plaintive movement (An old tune Known by heart) Wavers his vision, Its squamous shreds (Coarse and obstructive From moult-neglect), And breeds brooding Over her likeness Which teems; An imago love Of one estranged Does emanate. (by dust)


Typical of his kind, Raphidio underwent a complete metamorphosis from egg to smiling pink larva, to inky-fingered pupa, and finally imago: tall, dark-eyed, and with huge squamous wings, emanating shimmering charm from every scale, so that the air around him always throbbed with soft, plaintive cries of yearning females. (by cusheamus)


Gus never let go of his imago of his pet snake, remembering the slithering garden reptile as his earliest and truest companion – its squamous skin had been a massaging feather to him, its hiss the whisper of Achates! – and much as he tried to block the memory, he grew plaintive, clinically lachrymose, whenever he thought of the poor creature's demise underneath a rubber tire – curse tires! – its guts, partially digested goldfish and all, emanating, no, extruding, onto the asphalt inside the double-yellow. (by Rudi)


As the crowds applauded, and yet another callow challenger sprang forward, the arthritic dragon lumbered dustily out on squamous feet, raised a quizzical, rugose brow, and, emanating a plaintive moan of jilted dispossession, routinely kindled the impertinent fellow, for it was in his contract, and besides, he still held dear the imago of the princess he had wooed in his youth. (by Et Seqq)


After roaming about the old library, with a stack of books and magazines in her arms, all emanating a scent reminiscent of sweet fruits, she finally found a table near the window, pulled a chair out from under the table, hanged her squamous looking bag off the back of the chair, sat down and grabbed the Imago literary journal, which was placed on top of the stack, and browsed through it until a line in a poem, sounding like a wild, plaintive cry of a bird, caught her eye. (by antoniadeldebbio)
The Quandary for Monday, September 20, 2010 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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