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:


But unbeknown to Sir Peveril MacFarlane, his 'Man' Dirk Doubleday had in fact already returned to London several days earlier, having satisfactorily completed his Master's business with the lawyer, Martin Elginbrod and his son, and was even at the same time as the Dean and Curate were peeling off their clothes – the Dean being acutely aware that his seventy-year-old body did mot compare favourably with the lean and muscular frame of the younger man – sitting in a Covent Garden public house, The Lamb and Flag, with the satirical feminist, Miss Theresa Somerville, discussing a joint project, something neither of them would have thought possible, just a few weeks earlier when they had first met near the offices of QQ; Shylock and Gnomes is to be a series of Detective Tales, set in the East End of London and featuring a Jewish tailor and an Irish barrow-boy who set up in business accidentally by solving a murder which outrages the local community and baffles the inept Police Inspector, Estrange; but at this particular moment, they are not discussing the work and have fallen into an uneasy silence, in which Theresa senses that Dirk wants to tell her something but is unsure of how to begin: she is familiar with that feeling, when she sits with a fresh sheet of paper before her on her, facetiously nicknamed, Writing Table and not the faintest idea of how to begin – largely because she doesn't know how it will end, whatever it is, be it a Limerick or a Diatribe, for she writes instinctively, words come tumbling out of her head unbidden, unconsidered, flowing like a new river through virgin valleys and plains, without any established course for it to follow or eventual destination; it's only later, when she has crossed out, substituted, changed orders, deleted whole sentences and paragraphs and chewed her fingernails to the quick that something begins to emerge; so she waited for her companion to break the silence: "it's just that, with him, Sir Peveril as I have to remember to call him now, I feel like an attachment, a bolt-on, not at all like an individual, a real person, does that make any sense?" and tentatively, Theresa reached over the table and took one of his hands in hers (gloved, of course, for this is 1868 and there are limits to what a lady may show in public) and gave it a gentle squeeze: "mine is a large extended family and sometimes I can also feel disorientated, as if I am just a little cog in a huge machine, rather than an independent women, single, free and at liberty," and Dirk nodded, considering her words: "it's like I'm his shadow and must always go where he goes – this fortnight. almost three weeks, is the longest I have been away from his side since I was a boy and at first it felt uncomfortable, like when you lose something and keep looking for it, even after you know it has gone forever, but by the time I had finished the business with Elginbrod – he is suffering from pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis and certain organs are swollen and extremely itchy, so he has passed on the bulk of his work to his son, of the same name – I'm sorry, this is all just debris, avoidance, but gradually I realised that I was more than just Sir Parlane's Man!" he bit his tongue at the slip, an attempt to staunch the flow of unbidden words, wondering if she would have noticed, and of course, notice she had!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Saturday, January 13, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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