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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When Mr Ba Nana of Edinburgh University left the cottage in Darnick, Tavish and Ludmilla sat together on the sofa and studied his translation of the document discovered in the old police cells in Hawick's former Town Hall basement; according to the expert, it dated from around the 13th Century and was a charter from the then Emperor of Japan to three High Nobles granting them the right to form an organisation which would exist in secret to track down and remove anyone, anywhere, who posed a threat to the Empire, in perpetuity: "it is like a combination of the KGB, the CIA, and FBI, the Gestapo and MI5 and MI6," said Mr Ba, "operating entirely independent from all other instruments of the State, their disbursement coming from whatever they can make through their duties – loot from their victims pretty much sums that up – and with no requirement to report back, thus absolving the Emperor from any culpability and giving him complete deniability – once set in motion, they are vamping, improvising, identifying whoever they choose to see as meeting their requirements, their Secret Society growing and getting richer through the centuries, and nothing can stop it, not even a future Emperor; good luck, Mr Dalwhinnie, Miss Lermontova, I do not envy your responsibility," and nor did they; learning that this organisation – or as much as could be gleaned from the fragments which they had been able to reassemble – was in London, and that their key Targets, Sir Parlane MacFarlane, Dominic Doubleday and the Red Etin, were the masterminds behind it, was worry enough; Sam Smiles and Tabby Shanter (Tavish's wife and also a member of the Scottish Secret Service) believed that they were closing in on the latest chronological emanation of the threesome, who had cheated death so many times; this might be the only chance to put an abrupt end to their criminal careers, but more urgent was the question of Who was the present Object of their Assassination Bureau? as Ludmilla opened the window to let Jeremy in, having temporarily evicted the Service moggie, when Mr Ba had admitted to suffering from from ailurophobia, Tavish was already on the phone: "hello, Sam, it's worse than we thought!"

(by MissTeriWoman)


Gillian Sparkworthy, who suffered from a severe form of ailurophobia, was horrified to learn that a cat shelter was to be built next door to her house, but no attempt to change the mind of the official in charge of choosing the site worked, neither reasoning with him nor vamping him nor bribing him nor even threatening him, because--he said--he was tired of BANANAs like her who wanted things built in someone else's neighborhood, and so he requested the city to proceed with the disbursement of funds necessary to buy the property. (by TheMagicalExplodingUnicorns)
The Quandary for Thursday, May 30, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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