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

The swindler, bereft of what he believed to be his rightful possessions and very much able to subitize the number of armed guards that were surrounding his current positions, through pursy lips yelled out a surrender declaring that he wished for peace, his hands in an irenic position above his head. (by indeed)

3

She was the kind of self-possessed modern girl who, on entering a crowded drawing room, could instantly subitize the number of eligible bachelors - in this case seven, not excluding the pursy lardarse, the irenic hippy, and those two Hooray Henries clearly bereft of wit but not of inherited wealth. (by Et Seqq)

2

Bereft of life, the ex-parrot remained fastened to its perch, its talons (three claws on each foot, I quickly subitized) clenched in rigor mortis, as Mort S. Reger, the owner of the pet shop, stammered through pursy, trembling lips: "Look at that irenic look of peaceful rest on his colorful face--why, I can't bear to pry the little bugger off." (by saintdufus)

1

Standing at the lectern and bereft of the use of his counting fingers under the gaze of all, committee chair Thorbjørn subitized the assembled guests at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony and pondered with pursy lips why so few irenic diplomats had made the trip to Oslo. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Wednesday, May 11, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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