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:


Jack, lost in the desert, was unable to satisfy his yen for water, and grew more and more lethargic, lacking even the energy to walk over the next sand dune; as he became increasingly light-headed, lines of poetry began to drift through his mind, but he knew pierian springs were no substitute for real ones, and so he upbraided himself and whipped himself up into such a state of lionhearted determination that he began the long walk out of the desert. 

(by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)


Lady Celestine Dalrymple-Morris had lived most of her adult life as a typical woman of the neurasthenic persuasion: she spent her days laid upon various pieces of furniture in a state of lethargic ill-health, with scarcely the energy to raise her head from its comfortably reclining position on the pillow, this lassitude punctuated by occasional fits of hysterics or fainting spells, as she lost herself in the pierian delights of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, her yen for romance and great acts of sacrifice seemingly destined never to be satisfied; none of her intimates or acquaintances guessed that when the war began she would prove to be as lion-hearted and clever a secret agent as any who served the realm. 

(by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)


"He says his name's Dod Broon and he lives wi his wife Maisie in Bakers Place in Gattonside, can't remember the house number cos he never writes to himself, or the phone number for the same reason," that's okay, said the Paramedic, we'll be able to find out; "he seems quite lethargic," said Pollyanna, but when we told him he was wrong about the year he became quite lionhearted and accused us of lying, I don't know if he's confused, but he's got quite a yen for going home, as soon as possible," she added, "once he's been checked over and we've contacted his wife and found out what the situation is there, the doctor's will take the decision," said the Paramedic, whose name, she read from his ID was Thomas Learmonth, "are you descended from Thomas the Rhymer?" she asked, feeling rather cheeky, particularly as she wasn't naturally flirty, especially not with men, "yes, he's an ancestor of mine, at least, according to my dad, who's a bit of a pierian himself," and he laughed, if you can call his doggerel poetry – he writes the Thought for the Week in the Telegraph!" and Pollyanna grinned: "they're bloody funny, all in the local dialect, some of my English friends think he makes up the words himself!" and Tom, as he told her to call him, agreed, "I'm convinced he does, in order to find a rhyme, but he'd never admit it, anyway, we'd best get poor Dod along to the hospital, I'm sure they'll get him fixed up okay," and before her goes, Pollyanna asks him: "can you let me know if he gets kept in, I'd like to visit him, just see that he's okay," and Tom grins back: "no problem Miss, err?" and she says, just call me Pollyanna, maybe see you manyana," and waves as Dod is lifted into the ambulance on a trolley, "poor old bugger," she said to Carmine Rose, who was watching by her side, "yepp, Babes, and poor old Maisie must be frantic, wondering why he didn't come home, whether it was today or twenty years ago!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Saturday, April 29, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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