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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"This is hellish, walking with no shoes," said the zowerswopped one who used to be Paderewski Varolov, and the other, formerly Dmitri Dosvedanya laughed: "and when we've no clothes, try to avoid the stinging nettles and these big fucking thistles, OUCH!" he hopped, trying to massage a stung calf, but as the rough ground seemed to stab at the sole of his foot, fell over, producing more cries of varying degrees of agony, until his friend helped him to his feet; "where actually are we heading?" asked P (for ease of identification) and D indicated the hill which now seemed to tower over them, "but why, in the name of God do you want to go up there?" and D replied: "because I saw someone, running around the side, not far below the summit," and P stared keenly at him: "are you sure it wasn't just an animal?" but D shook his head: "no, definitely a person; I don't know whether it was man or woman, at that distance, and crouching, but my eyes are good enough, so in the absence of any better ideas, that's where I'm going," and he paused to look P straight in the eyes> "you can stay here or some with me, it's all the same to me; I don't know who you are, but we were both beaten up and probably left for dead, so unless we simultaneously knocked each other out at the same time, it's a fair guess that someone else did it and took our clothes – if we ever had any," at which P interjected: "what do you mean by that?" and D replied: "well, the person I saw running didn't have any either, or at least, not much to talk about, so I'm assuming he, or she, isn't the one who robbed us, but I'm willing to be proved wrong, come on, we must keep moving, oh, and here's one of those big leaves for rubbing on nettle stings – they work, I don't know how I know that, but they do," and he handed D a docken leaf and kept on walking, so D followed behind him, singing a mournful palinody in English:

"Twas not bryllyg, and ye slythy toves
Did neither gyre nor gymble in ye wabe:
Not mimsy were ye borogoves;
And ye mome raths never outgrabe."

and P wondered why? and what it meant? and then he suddenly got it: "how many?" he hissed and behind him D mumbled: "three following, one either side, about 100 metres off, and two in front, it's a classic 7-man box for trailing two targets, I can't see them, my eyesight's not up to yours, товарищ, but my hearing is perfect," at which P asked: "any ideas of where we are and what's happening and why?" and D chuckled, "it's either another Dimension, or Time Travel, but as to why? not a scooby!" at which moment, P halted in his tracks and D almost walked into him, just stopping in time, and then noticed that P was staring at a point on the expanse below a shoulder which linked the two hills, and for the first time registered movement, as a number of people came out from what he had previously thought was just a shadow, but now realised was much more like the mouth of a large Cavern: "do you think they're going to attack us?" asked P, but D simply clapped him on the shoulder: "if they wanted to kill us they could have done it at any time, come on, my friend, I think we're going to schmooze!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Friday, September 07, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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