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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Later, oh, much later, after the distress at O'Shaughnessy's when TP and Paddy broke the news to Mairead of Enda's 'passing' but without any details of the cause of his death, and after they had stopped at Clinton's Bar (on the right hand side of his bicycle repair shop – none of the bars in the village of Ballymontooly were exclusively pubs, all were adjuncts to the bread-and-butter trades carried out in the same premises, whether baker, butcher, bicycle repairs, or ironmongery, only the village hotel had a bar which was separate, albeit in a corner of the same building, but with it's own entrance) and had two pints on the slate, for Liam Clinton was their employer on the renovation and restoration of the old cottage where he had been born, sixty-odd years ago and here he wanted to live out his last years and die, as had generations of Ballymontooly Clintons before him, and then after he had said "goodnight" to Paddy at his mother's and walked on to his own mother's cottage, where he and his as yet unmarried sister Bridie (who hoped some day to be a Bride) still bided with Grace Coogan and her three cats, and even later still, when the women had gone to bed and left TP and the felines sitting before the remnants of the peat fire, him holding a small glass of whiskey, when the knock came, a single rap on the door, followed by two further raps in close succession! well, he was surprised to say the least when he opened the door an saw that his visitor was none other than the Gaffer himself; TP invited him in and had a quick scan of the street, but saw no-one, so shut the door quietly: "ye'll be takin a drop o the pure?" he asked, but his visitor shook his head and, pointing at his stomach, said: "ulcer – an it's a deal worse than Ulster, believe you me, Tim Pat," and he took a glass of milk instead, then said: "ye'll know this is comin up to the quincentenary of the martyrdom of The Two Saints following the Fitz Rebellion," a statement, not a question, and TP nodded, "aye, it's always a big deal here, with Gerald Fitzmaurice's family home bein Ballymontooly Castle, an the village church bein dedicated to St Gerald," and The Gaffer took up the story: "an Maurice Fitzgerald his first cousin, aye, it's always interested me the way the Hiberno-Norman's were more like the Irish, than we were ourselves, most of them spoke better Gaelic than the local people, an they worshipped with a ferocity that burned in their souls, tis a pity they're a wasm, but The Squad intends to mark the anniversary, strike at the intestines of the English Government's power here, right in Dublin Castle itself!" and TP stared at The Gaffer, "how?" he asked; but The Gaffer shook his head: "not under yer Mammy's roof, Tim Pat, I need to stretch my legs, it was a long drive and I feel walkative, and maybe talkative too, let's down b the river, it's a long time since I was down there and I love the sound of rushing water, it makes it harder for any eavesdroppers to know what's being spoken of," so they both pulled on their jackets and bunnets and stepped out into the moonlit street, and as they walked, The Gaffers Minders silently fell in behind them.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Thursday, October 04, 2018 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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