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:


The Senator was running for reelection and had counted on the fecund mind of the veteran capital reporter to spin his recently recounted tales of heroism during the war into purple prose which would support his campaign, but he never expected a feint to draggle his reputation through the muck of controversy instead.

(by wordgirl)


It was a dark and stormy night, when nature's feint attacks distracted from her fatal blows, as when a leak in the kitchen ceiling prevented Mrs. Bulwer-Lytton from noticing that her husband had been struck by a bolt of lightening that had entered through an open window, the same husband who had found the stormy atmosphere so fecund, writing reams of purple prose up till his tragic death (not coincidentally, prose about a storm) as if he were draggling a simple storm plot through the mud of melodrama, and then draggling it again.

(by Rudi)


Desmondo Tolstoy's first novel They Call Him Dogsbody was draggled by critics and derided by one as "the vapid exertions of an overly fecund imagination" and by another as "a torrent of purple prose not befitting one who bears the surname of Anna Karenina's author", but when he followed up years later with his tour de force Lethargy and his iconic Privity, a new interpretation emerged that the earlier effort had only been a literary feint intended to test the market for flowery romance fiction.

(by Sami)
The Quandary for Saturday, October 13, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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