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:


Next morning, over breakfast, Gracie asked Sadie about something Button Nell had said last night: "are there many married women on the game?" and Sadie rocked with laughter: "oh dear yes," and when Gracie asked, "why?" Sadie explained: "well, lots of men is poorly paid so their wives might need a bit extra for the kids if they have any, to keep 'em fed and dressed, and a roof over their family's heads, or their husbands might be away at sea fer mumfs at a time or their work might take 'em out of town, yer know, commercial travellers or the like," which Gracie didn't know: "well, they're salesmen who go around looking for orders for their employers, or sellin' wot's already made," and Gracie nodded, because she had seen Packmen who had visited her father, their donkeys laden with whatever wares the Packmen had for sale – pots and pans, bolts of fabric, buttons, buckles, ribbons, combs made from tortoiseshell, arrowheads, cures for all sorts of ailments, and a few books; that was how she got the passionary with the lives of the saints – it was bound in vellum and written out in a neat hand and she had devoured it before giving it to her sister Evadne, and Griselda, as Gracie had been then, was sure that was what had moved Evadne to enter the nunnery; she remembered Evadne telling her that first and foremost, even before doing good in the way of The Lord Jesus, it was important to do no ill to anyone – that had been Evadne's touchstone and Gracie felt a sudden wave of guilt sweep over her, like nausea, as she thought of the men's treatment of Little Minnie and her own passivity; such tacit complicity would have been anathema to Evadne and Gracie felt her cheeks burning with shame, and she was shocked when Sadie put a hand to her forehead and exclaimed: "oh Lord! yer burning up dear, I'll send Minnie out for Doctor Jekyll, he's good with fevers, and anyway," she laughed, "it'll be better than all the make-work I've had to give'er, ter stop 'er moonin' about the place, I just 'ope she's not up the duff," and Gracie swooned!

(by MissTeriWoman)


When reading in a passionary -
A make-work project from my boss -
I read about a missionary
Who unintentionally suffered loss:
The townsfolk sought to do him ill
The day he preached on healing gifts,
For this removed the need for pills
(Anathema to Pharmacists.)
(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for Saturday, April 28, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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