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:


At the entrance to the London Stock Exchange, Sir Peveril stopped suddenly and stared at a leonine figure who was standing and scribbling furiously into a notebook: "do you know that man?" he asked the girls: "he's a German economist or philosopher," said Stella, "he was pointed out to me by a friend, I think his name is Marco, or Mark or something like that," and Sir P nodded, "it's Karl Marx," he said, "that's right!" exclaimed Stella, and Fanny asked: "do you know about him?" and Sir P nodded: "have you heard of 'the Opium of the People'?" and the girls looked puzzled, and Stella said: "they already have Opium, Sir P, we didn't like it, did we Fanny?" at which her friend pulled a face: "horrible stuff, certainly made us both rather sick, what does he mean?" she enquired, and MacFarlane laughed: "he says that 'Religion is the Opium of the People', what nonsense, Sex is the Real Opium of the People – if they are satisfied sexually, they don't give a toss for anything else – forgive the pun! he's written a lot about Revolution coming about in Industrialised countries, like Britain and Germany, in which respect he was quite wrong, but not yet! he's against the Fabians who want to compromise and find an accommodation with their Masters, and in that respect he is quite right: if you are going to bite the hand that feeds you, make sure you bite it right off, Snap!" and the girls giggled, and Sir P strode on, feeling quite tickety-boo, doffing his hat to the political philosopher, who gave him a look of almost recognition, and into the Exchange, when Stella said: "oh, look, see that chap tapping the other fellow on the shoulder, well the one behind is a chum of ours, Randolph OOsterhouse (with two capital O's) and the one in front is another chum, Old Dan Gurney – we call him 'Big Dangler' - he owns Gurney's Bank in Norwich and got off scot free when Overend Gurney went down last year, do you remember Sir P?" but he was shaking his head, "no m'dears, I've never taken any interest in Banking or Bankers, but 'Big Dangler', is he involved in the Dark 'Change?" at which the girls giggled: ""ooh, yes, Sir P," said Stella, "he's a Quaker Philanthropist, all the Gurneys are, and he's one of the Silent Three who set up the Dark Change, shall we introduce you?" but he shook his head, "not yet, let's have a word with Mr OOsterhouse, does he take God's Penny as a deal maker?" and it was Fanny who said, "he's a bit of a skinflint, sir, but he'd pick up God's Farthing if it was lying in a pile of horse-shit and not give a whit who saw him," so MacFarlane said: "he's our first Mark, then; introduce me as your Uncle Peveril come down from Edinburgh seeking financial backing for a business venture which will make his name mud but line his coffers with pure gold!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


I met a member of the Fabian Society - a leonine chap with a blond curly mane and strangely golden eyes - and asked about the membership fee. On learning the procedure, I gave him a God's Penny in token of my interest, which he said was all tickety-boo with them.

(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Monday, January 22, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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