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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Luc explained, as concisely as he could, how the Archangel Michael had created Worm-Holes in the Space/Time Continuum and had made them available to a Human, named Sir Parlane MacFarlane – a despicable character, who was a degenerate sexual Predator, and founder of a Very Secret Society, called The Ring of Gold: "yes," said Cassie, "I know about them, and about him – in my last existence, before Little Levy Balquhidder, I was Pherson Dalwhinnie and a member of that Ring, though not in the same Time as MacFarlane; he was regarded as an Enlightened One by the other members" and Luc continued: "there is a considerable body of anecdata about him – imprisoned in Newgate and hanged at Tyburn, was one of Catesby's Gunpowder plotters but avoided the fate of Guy Fawkes, he was with Bonnie Prince Charlie in France and was thought to have died at Culloden, though no physical evidence was ever found, and he was the mysterious 'Third Man' who met with Benedict Arnold and Major John André near West Point; a bit of a bludge, never did a stroke of work in his various lifetimes and likewise, never tried to rectify his reputation as a serial rapist, and still he was welcomed in the drawing rooms of Dukes and Earls the length and breadth of Britain, for generations, but then. they probably wanted to join The Ring!" and Cassie stared at him: "how long has this been going on?" and Luc laughed, but it was a mirthless sound: "Michael invented the Worm-Holes way back when you and I were young, Maggie, but he only used them for his own adventures, and before you ask, of course The Creator must have known back then, and as to why nothing was ever dome about it? well Michael was always the blue-eyed boy – you do know that he was supposed to have been the Messiah? why it didn't work out like that I never found out, but you were among the Disciples, did you never hear of it?" and this time Cassie shook her head wearily: "you know I'm not an Archangel, Luc, there are things such lowly Spirits as Columbine and I never hear of, we live out our allotted span in whatever form we are given, good, bad, or indifferent, sometimes four score and ten, and at others, just a handful of years, we are the grist, we animate the populations of Earth and other Worlds, but we're not the Movers and Shakers, you and the other Archangels were always The Creator's Management Board, the directions are given to you and you implement them, sorry, not you any more – but you didn't tell me why you blame Michael for your Fall, will you now?" and Luc hung his head: "it was really no big deal, Cass, I became involved, infatuated really, with an Earth woman, little guessing that she was Michael's, and when he found out – he was very good at finding out, that was always one of his specialities – he went ballistic and swore he'd send me to the Salt-Mines or Siberia, which is kind of funny, because it was long before Salt-Mines or Siberia really meant anything, at least, I didn't know what he meant, but I should have been careful; you see, he'd already created a vast system of Worm-Holes and he was going backward and forward in Time, doing what no-one had thought possible – he could see what was happening years, well, millennia, even, before it did; The Creator wanted the whole program to run in only one direction – Forward; yet here was Michael zipping back and forth, between epochs, between worlds, and the Creator sitting back and indulging in a fantasy that everything was going just as it was planned; you know, for someone who is Omnipotent, you might almost have taken The Creator to be Human back then, and I think that Michael had spotted this flaw, well the only flaw, that in a kind of a way, The Creator secretly – if it was even possible to be aware of it – wanted to be Human, and wanted to give Humanity, the beings chosen to be the very Core of the Universe, the opportunity to be Supreme Beings; and Michael exploited that almost-human foible to his own ends; he swore he would finish me over the 'love affair' and he pretty nearly did; he won everyone else over and the vote was unanimous – I was thrown out and left to sink or swim, with no powers, no resources, no-one: he killed the woman, and I can never forgive him for that!" and Cassie put a hand on his shoulder: "I'm so sorry Lucifer, I never knew, come here," and she wrapped her arms around him and rocked him like a child who has just experienced true loss for the very first time!

(by MissTeriWoman)


He who bludges may be caught
Then to Newgate he'll be brought;
Thence to rectify his deeds -
Or so the anecdata reads.
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Wednesday, November 29, 2017 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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