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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"Well," said Alec, sitting back in his chair, arms folded across his chest and puffing on his pipe, every bit the academic lecturing his idiotic students: "obviously, this isn't my Period, I'm more au fait with Ancient Rome and, indeed, long before that, but isn't there some fundamental principle in conducting Time Travel, about not introducing modern technology into earlier times, when it might cause untold damage and affect the entire course of History?" this last word clearly spoken in Italics; and after a rather baffled pause – about three heartbeats – it was Danny who responded: "if ye're thinkin o Star Trek, Alec, ye kin have another think, there isn't one Historical Narrative, running like an unbroken thread from the Creation right through to The End! that's not how The Creator, well, Created the Universe – it's a whole lot more complicated than that; I've seen a florilegium where there are umpteen different courses for Human History arising out of one single decision, it's fascinating stuff, even if ye're no a Quantum Physicist it still make interesting reading, and that's just from the point when Man first walked on centre stage, even before then, there were lots of Parallel Universes – excuse me, I shouldn't say were, I really mean are: they are happening all around us, simultaneously; forget Past, Present and Future! see, right here, right now, there's probably a dinosaur sitting on top of us, or at least, on this very spot; and in 1993 Two Los Angeles police officers are convicted in a federal court of violating Rodney King's civil rights!" a statement that fell on two pairs of deaf ears as Alec and Connor looked on, perhaps wondering if their host was actually insane; and it was Danny who spoke next: "look, we don't think you are gullible, so we're not trying to trick you, but you have just experienced Time Travel yourselves, including a shift from Melrose in Scotland to Dungannon in Ireland – so don't set your faces implacably against what Paddy's saying; we didn't create the Universes, we've just been fortunate enough to discover how we can make use of a tiny flaw, using the Worm Holes to travel around in and between them, and nothing that happens here will affect life back in yours, well, at least I don't think it will!" and Paddy chipped in: "look, we had a bad experience over in the Quattrocento, entirely of our own making, I must concede – and in Roman Britain, and other times and places too, I won't bore you with the details right now, but suffice it to say that our whole raison d'etre here has been to try to dampen things down between the two communities, to see what can be done as an alternative to the History of Ireland that we've seen before, with lots of bloodshed and Civil Wars and, of course, brutality from the English; so we are politically on the side of The United Irishmen, but if we provide them with the weapons they want, all Hell will break loose; you're absolutely right, Alec, there is a great danger in introducing modern weapons to a previous era, like giving Napoleon the Atomic Bomb, or Genghis Khan Gatling Guns; things have just rolled along of their own momentum, and now Napper Tandy has actually seen some of the rifles, has heard about the rubber bullets and, while the guys in the Fleets accepted our story, that that is all the ammunition there is, Tandy isn't swallowing it; he knows – maybe he really does know – that real bullets are manufactured somewhere and that with the combination of Lee-Enfields and the ammunition that goes with them, his army won't just be the usual Croppy Boys the English can route! and, talk of the Devil, here he is, just coming through the door!" and he rose from his chair and waved the newcomer over.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Wednesday, April 17, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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