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:


As bloated reactionaries prinked and preened themselves in their gated châteaux, the peasantry conceived of a jacquerie to end all bloodthirsty uprisings, plotting the storming of the citadel in the autumn, when the first samaras fell twisting and tumbling from the great elm. (by Et Seqq)


When the jacquerie first broke out, Marie Antoinette was seated before a gilded mirror, prinking herself as she feasted on a samara; and when her minister, the reactionary Comte d'Artois, entered and asked her how they should handle the peasant revolt, the Queen glanced at her fruit and suggested: "Let them eat samaras;" but when she turned to see the Comte's reaction, he frowned and shook his head; and after a moment she proposed instead: "Cake, then: let them eat cake." (by saintdufus)


I watched, transfixed by the images of the jacquerie on television while the peasants with pitchforks collided with the reactionary defenders of the status quo, and my anguish rose further at the sight of the usually staid and prinked Geraldine, once a love interest of mine, ranting angrily at the cameras, her formerly lofty spirit swirling down to earth like a dying samara. (by Sami)
The Quandary for Tuesday, May 24, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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