Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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It was the light, through his eyelids, that woke him from, not sleep, rather a deep unconsciousness, dreamless, and he had no idea of the passage of time, it could have been a moment, a century, millennium even, at first pink, then growing in intensity, but when he opened them, the brilliance of the light caused him to shut his eyes tight, to no avail, open it was white and glaring, like staring into the sun, shut, blood-red, and no matter how he tried to move his head, all around him; for how long this went on, he could not measure, and he was still strapped or tied down, spreadeagled on the stone floor, in what felt like a vast, cavernous space – not outside, for there was no sensation of a breeze, or even the gentle whisper of air moving around him, nor was it particularly cold, or warm, just very still and silent, since the voice, from outside or inside his head he could no longer remember, and as struggling would not help him he simply lay as still as he could, breathing as steadily as possible and listening intently in case there should be some sound other than his own body; which was when he heard the voice again, and wherever it's point of origin, he couldn't avoid it, it burrowed in and seemed to drive every other thought out: "like the Prodigal Son. you return. like the Bad Penny, you turn up, time after time after time eternal, are you my conscience? no, for like you I have no conscience, no remorse, no pity, but unlike you I learn from my mistakes, I learn and profit by that learning, but you seem to have no memory, no history, existing only in the moment, as transitory as a Mayfly, as empty as The Void; should I care what becomes of one so insignificant? probably not, but your existence is like a stone thrown into a pond, it changes everything, for ever, and whatever is done, is done and cannot be undone; Old Omar, the Tentmaker, is right about that, read him, my Friend, and perhaps learn something, for certainly there is nothing to learn in your own life and no Spin Doctor could recast it any better; but you do not belong to me, your Spirit belongs to The Creator and, anyway, why try to re-invent the wheel; as Menander writes: 'The Die Is Cast!' so disport yourself as you will, but heed one simple warning: No More Gramarye! – now, close your eyes while the light dims and when you open them you will be in a different Time and Place, make of it what you will but if you return here, I may choose to let you remain, for truth to tell, you are of no interest or use to me here or there, so an eternity of Dark and Light or, indeed, simply nothing, may suffice to teach you a Lesson! though this may be your last chance to change, to make amends, you see, I have not lost my sense of humour, or irony; many of you have scoured legends and history, books of religion and science, to guess about me, but that is all they are, conjectures which lead no-where; they debate the cause and nature of my Fall from Grace and Dante! oh, how I enjoy his imagination, all the product of his own mind, and so very far from reality, it really is so far removed from the truth that it makes me laugh out loud – though the only one who can hear me now is you, and I tire of you, begone!" and as the voice stopped, he slipped back into the Timeless, Dreamless, Oblivion.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Saturday, September 09, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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