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 the two friends approached a painting by George Stubbs, Timothy was taken aback by Roger's impromptu explanation of why he had not invited the seductive Ms. A to the conversazione to admire and discuss such fine work: "To be honest, Timmy, I've had to decathect from her somewhat, after the worsening somnambulism, those dreams where she would undergo a 'rebirth' as a farrier—there I am, 3AM, and she's pressing a horseshoe into my left sole?—and what might she do to this Stubbs?—even with the perks, Timmy, it just wasn't supportable."

(by Rudi)


As the farrier strummed his guitar and sang, “If I were a carpenter and you were a lady”, he tried to decathect from his love for a woman scientist who was off at a conversazione of potential Nobel laureates in medicine researching cancer cures, and he longed for rebirth as a well-educated intellectual.

(by wordgirl)


It was during the Fleeber Society's annual round-table conversazione (the theme of which was "Films, Movies, and Motion Pictures--How Can We Unite Them?") that Boutros Hamwise-Smalley, enigmatic auteur of such eccentric cult films as "Eye of the Dreidel" and "The Secret Lives of Pears," first unveiled his book Thrice Around the Tungsten Horn: The True and Harrowing Account of the Abduction of Boutros Hamwise-Smalley, in which the Albanian dwarf revealed to the world that in a previous life he had been a farrier by trade; and that one day, as he had sat upon a grassy knoll fastening a small iron shoe to the hoof of a Shetland pony, he had seen a sudden foreglimpse of the distant future: that in some rebirth or incarnation to come he would be abducted by a ruthless mob of gibbering diaper-clad infants and spirited away to "a secret enclave in the Balkans" for experimentation and "probing," but that at the last moment a Shetland pony would come and rescue him--a terrifying vision, which led him to decathect from all babies from that moment forward, an aversion he retained in every subsequent lifetime (Hamwise-Smalley's ominous foreboding, incidentally, came to pass in the year 1974, as related in the aforementioned tome, which by the way remained on the New York Times Bestsmeller List for a record 413 weeks).


(by saintdufus)


In Warren Pease's seminal "Everyman for Himself," the author laments, in his now-familiar detached and decathected style, the subdued yet angry expressions of labor's hopelessly lost power, citing notable quotations from records of the conversaziones organized by the intellectuals and artists of that earlier period to bring awareness to a public largely ignorant of their fellow citizens' difficulties; those efforts failed, and it is for this reason, in particular, that Pease so indignantly criticizes Manuel Workman for abandoning the movement's rebirth just a few years later, leaving the buggy-maker, the lamplighter, and the farrier to find their own way in the austere, algidly automated world of industrialized mass production.

(by bloviator)


"If I may appear to decathect from you with unseemly haste" - and here I addressed my trusty but ailing farrier - "it is not only because the immediate prospect of my having no alternative but to engage you, artisanal ministrator to the equine pedal extremities of old Dobbin here, as substitute key speaker to this evening's seminar conversazione on cyclicity and Hindi notions of rebirth is obnoxious, but I remain painfully aware that you might just peg it at any moment - one never knows, do one?"

(by Bud Myte)


As she got older and her features gradually acquired a horsey resemblance, Imelda decathected from her love of light and dainty designer shoes, and invested herself in a new passion for horseshoes, seeking a rebirth of her youthful allure by attending monthly conversaziones with notable farriers. (by Sami)
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