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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And later that day, having thoroughly enjoyed and benefited both physically and mentally – and even, it must be admitted, somewhat spiritually – from romping and rogering with Fanny and Stella – the Archdeacon, now dressed formally, which is to say, completely, delivered his report to the Dean, in the latter's lounge: "in short, Dean, all I have seen and heard and learned of the lives of these poor unfortunates can be summed up in one short sentence, something a young person said to to me, on what I understand to have been the coldest January night in living memory, indeed, since records began," the Dean yawned, "well, go on then, what did this person say?" and the Archdeacon replied, archly: "well what he, or possibly she, it's sometimes difficult for me to tell, said. was: 'all I want is a room somewhere, far away from the cold night air with one enormous chair, oh, wouldn't it be loverly? lots of chocolate for me to eat lots of coal makin' lots of heat warm face, warm hands, warm feet oh, wouldn't it be loverly?'" and the Dean harrumphed: "that's two sentences, Archdeacon, typical, they start off with one thing and then come all the rest! don't they know that I want never gets? it's typical of their selfishness and greed and I'm surprised you should be taken in by all that: they scrouge their way into the hearts and minds of gullible do-gooders with their demands, and who's to pay for it all? tax-payers, that's who! people who work hard all their lives to support their families and servants, that's who! decent, people who strive to improve themselves, to keep a household and a decent home and a place in the country for their family's well-earned rest and relaxation, but these people you have been mixing with expect leftovers to be handed them on a plate, they don't expect to contribute to the National Debt, oh no! they gainsay all that we who labour at the coalface have worked so hard to earn, and they are wide of the mark with their demands; I suppose they will expect the Country to support them and their children in the lives of leisure they have chosen, and where will their demands end? no Archdeacon, you must impress on them the words of the Scripture: 'Faith, Hope and Charity and the greatest of these is Faith!' you must show them the true path towards a decent civil life, they must work, work, work, for every penny, not expect handouts and any easy life of indolence, they must pull themselves out of the gutter by their boot-straps and gird their loins for the jobs they have to do and then maybe, just maybe, they will be able to pay the rent for this room they want, for the food on their plate, for the coal in their fire, for the clothes on their backs, and give thanks to the Lord for showing them the way; what kind of day-dreaming world do they think they are living in? good God man, I want to hear from you that they will take responsibility for themselves and not expect, or demand, that decent, honourable, hard working men will support them in their indolence! that's what I want in your report – now go and clean yourself up, I know you have been ploughing a lonely furrow among these wastrels and I can smell them off you, but just put that nonsense out of your head and come back with the report I want to present to the Bishop, there's a good chap," and after the Archbishop had left the room, the Dean pondered, and wondered if the Archdeacon – a good man, with a good wife and simple tastes, but rather emotional and sensitive, easily impressed, easily led down the wrong road because he thinks he is helping someone find their way – had been reading some of these social agitators like William Morris and that German Jew with the unruly beard, Karl Marx: "such notions will need to be knocked out of his head," said the Dean to his glass of port.

(by MissTeriWoman)
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