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:

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"If I am not much mistaken," said the blindfolded Gretel, fondling the goat's ears and scenting the cumbered air, "your handsel is of the hircine variety, and although some might consider such a gift a grotesque social gaffe, betokening as it does an unrestrainedly lubricious intent, I cannot fault it, but find it passing acceptable, big boy."
(by Et Seqq)

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A wave of shock and disbelief rippled through our offices when it was revealed that our grotesque boss, while on vacation in the Caucasus mountains, had to decided to leave his wife for a goat, an infatuation which many deemed will be passing after just a few weeks, but which was seen by others as a handsel for a long life spent in the pursuit of hircine pleasures.

(by Sami)

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My cousin Handsel a) bears a rather grotesque resemblance to a Guatemalan goat; 2) is passing lascivious; and d) smells like the dirty diaper of a Pakistani man; and therefore hircine is the perfect word to describe him, making this a rare instance of one man simultaneously embodying all three disparate meanings of a derogatory word, and perhaps a handsel of things to come.

(by saintdufus)
The Quandary for Monday, July 25, 2011 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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