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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As they climbed the stairs to the Upper Room, Dai was grateful to notice that Golly – who he was convinced to be a pork pie short of a picnic since his encounter with Wee Davie on the battlefield – was quite out of puff and so had stopped rambling on about dead men walking and all the other nonsense; certainly Dai would never describe Golly as a nithing, for there was nithing mean, cowardly, callous or such-like in his personality, but he could be a tad hot-headed and prone to acting – or speaking – before his brain was engaged, and Dai smiled as he thought that, but for his size, strength and bearing, there had always been something of the flibbertigibbet about his friend, not that Dai – always circumspect and cautious in these things – would air that thought, no, some things better unsaid than regretted; when the door was opened at Golly's knock, which sent shivers through the old tenement, it was on a strange scene: a line of leaning men, like a raguly row of notches – or, actually, the long teeth that one often saw in old men and women of forty, gapped and decaying, stood along the far wall, some so far off the perpendicular that if the neighbour against whom they were wedged moved away, they would surely topple, and before them, like a teacher or drill sergeant, stood the famous – or infamous, depending – Jesus Johnny, the very man who Golly said had saved him from being buried alive; the Preacher turned and threw his arms wide, embracing Golly like old friends – or lovers even, thought Dai, then rebuked himself for such an unworthy notion – as the men against the wall, released from the leader's focus, toppled over like a line of dominoes: that was it, dominoes, said Dai, then clamped his hand over his mouth, but he needn't have worried, for the Disciples, all twelve of them, had quickly scrambled to their feet and surrounded the newly re-united pair and there was so much hand-shaking, back-slapping, shoulder gripping, embracing, kissing, high- and low-fiving, together with exclamations, cries and whoops, that the whole room seemed to echo and multiply the noise into a crescendo; but then Dai noticed the man who had opened the door and was half-hidden behind it, seeming to merge into the shadows and Dai recalled his previous thoughts about Golly and decided that this man, whoever he was, was certainly a nithing, to be aware of, wary of, and to keep a weather-eye on, because it was almost as though the man had a black aura which told Dai that someone would die for this man's benefit! and then Jesus Johnny called the man over: "come here, Owen, meet Goliath, he's the one who lives to tell the tale of Death Overcome!" and he introduced Golly to this Owen, apparently a publisher of sermons and prayers with whom the Preacher was negotiating a deal for a series, or maybe even an anthology, and Dai suspected that Owen was a con-man and that he would make a fortune out of the deal and Jesus Johnny would be lucky if he ever received a mite.

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

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