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:


And that is how it came to be that, the next morning, having all but forgotten about their appointment with the Marquis de Sade in his Chateau at La Coste, as Sir Parlane MacFarlane was lolling on some cushions by the camp-fire and his manservant Dominic Doubleday was applying some unguent to a small outbreak of psoriasis on his elbows and knees – perhaps an indication of his position in the cart where they had spent an amiable and productive night in the pliable company of two very young Gipsy wenches inoculating each of them several times, and swapping over half-way through the night to vary the pleasures for all parties – when a squabble broke out between the Leader of the group, a wizened old man with a face like a walnut and wisps of grey hair on his head and face, named Balthazar, and two other fellows, strong, vigorous and somewhat younger than he: had he been paying close attention, Sir Parlane might have realised that there was somerthing kayfabe about the way they shouted, swore, shoved, and demonstrated strong feelings with slashes of their hands as if they were wielding sabres or daggers, but unfortunately he was not, so preoccupied was he with his own internal dialogue, so it was with some surprise that he looked up when someone kicked his foot; he raised an eyebrow and enquired what was happening and it was Balthazar who sat down beside him and explained: "you see, Milord, it is like this: it is a custom among our people that if any man deflowers, or takes the virginity of a girl, he is honour-bound to marry her, and these two men are the fathers of the girls you and your friend here fucked last night, all night, and kept almost everyone awake with the ferocity of your coupling, so they have demanded that, as our guests here, as my guests here, you must carry out your obligation as such guests and marry them, today, now! you will know that there is no such thing as divorce among our people and, no matter where you travel, how far and for how long,, your wanderings may take you, your wives shall always go with you, and if you abandon them, anywhere, word will reach their fathers and they will find you and slit your throats to satisfy the honour of their families; and the time for the double wedding is fast approaching, aha! here is the priest from La Coste to officiate," this said as a rather jolly looking priest entered the circle of caravans and greeted Balthazar warmly, then nodded curtly to MacFarlane and Doubleday, clearly identifying them as the guilty parties for whom he was now to carry out his duties and hand down Life Sentences!

(by MissTeriWoman)


In once knew a man with psoriasis, and he'd tried every medical treatment available, including painful inoculations into his buttocks, but to no avail - his suffering only being eased by numbing his mind with reality TV, for he would loll on the sofa enthusiastically entering into the glorious kayfabe of it all, without any qualm as to its authenticity.

(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Friday, September 15, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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