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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So, the How was like this: old Porridge – as his chums called Titus – and Sugar – as Tonge was known to his intimates, went out one foggy morn to find themselves a Magistrate who would take a deposition from them stating that they honestly and sincerely believed that Plot they had discovered was True! that was the easy part – they could swear blind that anything they wanted was True: the harder bit would be ensuring that the Magistrate would confirm that the Plot itself was also and indisputably True; well after much soul-searching, they fastened upon The Coalman, a Member of the Green Ribbon Club, a Protestant who was strongly opposed to any return to the Old Religion, so named because of the business of wood and coal merchants he ran with his brother and, in their world there could never be a millocracy – to the Geoffrey Brothers, Coal was indeed King; Sir Edmundsbury Geoffrey was a strange cove: unmarried, he lived with a maid named Elizabeth Curtis. who fulfilled all the wifely duties in his establishment, which included his secretary, Henry More and a housekeeper; he had been knighted for his services during the Great Plague of 1665 – staying at his place of business and keeping the City supplied with fuel despite the great personal danger to himself and he had also spent a few days in prison for, rather injudiciously, having the King's personal physician arrested and imprisoned for reneging on a debt, and, according to Sam Pepys, Geoffrey went on hunger strike and claimed that the Judges had found in his favour; Charles II had dismissed his plea, but none of that interfered with his accumulation of wealth and his position as a Magistrate; but his particularly interesting behaviour, to Porridge and Sugar, was that rather than cultivating his social equals, he, like Lord Chief Justice William 'Billy the Butcher' Scroggs, preferred to spend his leisure time with the working class boys and girls who could be found in the seamier streets and alleys of the City as well as extra mural assignations with the doxies of Primrose Hill, where the bushes gave cover to night-time couplings; and that side of his life was how The Captain, William Bedloe, who had eyes and ears everywhere, had come across his name, and therefore why one morning Titus Oates and Israel Tonge had presented themselves at Sir Edmundsbury's chambers: "no doubt, Sir Magistrate," said Dr Oates, "you have heard of us and the devilishly cunning Popish Plot we have brought to the King's attention; he has appointed Lord Danby to look into it and we would like you to take a deposition from us that what we have discovered is True!" and Geoffrey, never one to shy away from something which might enhance his favour with the King, agreed, with only the caveat that first he would have to see the papers Oates and Tonge had discovered; this being agreed, the two Jolly Boatmen rolled down the street and into the first pub they came to for a celebratory drink, a rather kitsch establishment, but it sold good ale; and, in that state of excitement, they were entirely unaware that they had been followed, from the Magistrate's chambers. by the agent of a very dangerous homicidal maniac, absolutely lacking in sophrosyne – indeed any shred of prudence or self-restraint – who was, right then, thirsting for the blood of his sworn enemy!

(by MissTeriWoman)


You may be millocracy
I pay no heed to that;
Your products are so twee and kitsch
I raise a caveat:
Caveat dear Emptor! 
When buying these designs
Trust me as your mentor
For I have sophrosyne
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Tuesday, April 10, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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