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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"I don't know who you are, but who you ain't is Ezekiel – you don't even smell like him – and you don't belong here, but whatever you're up to is only gonna bring unhappiness to my Mistress, so it better not be – understood?" and, feeling himself hypnotised by the cat's fixed stare, all he could do, listening to the cat's disquisition, was give a barely perceptible nod in return, but it must have been enough, for the cat, Greymalkin, still stretched along the high back of the chair facing him, yawned and began to clean itself, fastidiously licking it's paw and then using the damp paw to rub it's ears, occasionally flicking a brief, contemptuous glance towards where he sat, listening to Nurse Mariah as she rattled pans in her scullery, behind him: "what brought you here – you some kinda space cadet went off-course?" asked the cat, when it had finished, and he fought the impulse to speak, trying instead to form coherent sentences in his mind, piecing together what little he could remember, from the moment he crashed onto the haywain, but without the small detail that he had actually seen the driver, the skeleton wearing only a hat, as he jumped off; then, partly to end the hiatus without answering the question he asked one of his own, feeling rather foolish to be asking it of a cat: "time doesn't seem to behave as it should here, is it looped?" at which the cat's expression became a scowl, as it replied: "just a bit, but don't mention it to Mariah," and then it yawned, and Ezekiel noticed that the clock, where the hands, which had barely moved during this conversation, a prorogue which he wasn't able to explain satisfactorily to himself, now started moving backwards, only stopping as Nurse Mariah returned with a bowl of soup, and smiled as she handed it to Ezekiel: "it's parsnip, I hope you like it," and he smiled in return as the fragrance reached his nostrils and reminded him that he hadn't eaten in – how long? he had no idea – too long, and it was delicious, so delicious that when he had finished and Mariah offered him another bowlful, he accepted gratefully, all the time aware that Greymalkin was licking his own lips as if he wanted some of the soup for own supper.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Sunday, August 18, 2019 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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