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:

4

A typical expatriate Brit, once having bought the derelict chateau for a song he fully expected local builders to truckle to his inarticulate directives, and lacking all perspicaciousness was taken aback by the astronomical estimates submitted for replacing much of the friable sandstone of which the crumbling pile had been built. (by Et Seqq)

3

Though he had been an American expatriate in the UK for nearly ten years, Wally still refused to truckle to the prevailing culinary preferences of his adopted country, and in particular he maintained a steadfast aversion to scones of any sort, often referring to these ubiquitous pastries (mockingly or mistakenly?) as “stones” and branding them as impossible to swallow, as if he lacked the perspicacity to understand that they are most often friable — quite easy to reduce to smaller pieces with one's fingers. (by Rudi)

2

Bowing with the truckling servility an expatriate Franciscan monk is bound to show to such a keen and perspicacious bishop as the renowned Jacques d’Amboise, Friar Bartolomeo carefully withdrew the friable parchment from his robes and presented it to the Abbot—but then, at the last moment, pulled it back, shouting, “Ha! Fooled you, Your Eminence!” (by saintdufus)

1

“You folks tend to have friable egos”, the Professor Emeritus said to me in his wood-panelled office overlooking the quad as he scrutinized my application to the post of Head Dog Catcher at the University of California (for all campuses), “I have known many expatriates like you and they range from those who are willing to truckle to the extreme to please us, to others who forget they are guests in our country and become impossibly arrogant… naturally we prefer the former for this position”, to which I responded by complimenting him on his outstanding perspicaciousness, while thinking to myself that I will one day unleash a couple of vicious dobermans on his professorial rear end. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Friday, March 18, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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