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 he realised that the line had been cut, Hyman Kaplan turned to Alison, the Widow of Bath, and swore, but the Widow, aka Norman Noggs, just grinned: "I'm guessing that was Hannah," which Hyman confirmed: "yeah, I guess I musta sounded hysterical, but we need some troops to work this one – have you found out any more?" and Alison leaned in closer: "an old boy from Newstead, walking his dog, saw them running across the Trimontium site and then they just disappeared – not in a puff of smoke – one second they were there and then they weren't!" and Hyman asked: "was anyone chasing them?" at which Alison shook her head: "no-one else around, only Maude and Madame Oyzell; it was him – Jed Forest's his name – who caught up with the Pilgrimage and spoke to Algie and Algie called the police, who seem to be arriving now," he pointed to a car just pulling up at the front of the crowd, where Algie and a few others went towards the car; Hyman seemed relieved as he saw the two Isa Urquharts and two Milly Millicans emerge: "at least the older ones have been through this themselves, so they won't dismiss it as some fancy by a bored dog walker, is that him, the Forest guy?" indicating a burly man who seemed embarrassed to be the centre of police attention; "yepp," replied Alison, somewhat anachronistically, "he's a retired prop-forward and Insurance Investigator, so he knows the difference between fact and fancy – he'll tell them what he saw, no frills, just the facts, such as they are," and Hyman gave him a little push: "okay, buddy, you get closer and listen, find out if the cops draw out any more detail, me and Teri are going to go onto Trimontium, see if we can spot anything," at which Alison gave him a concerned look: "just don't go tampering with evidence, otherwise you'll be in trouble when the SOCOs arrive," and Hyman turned to me: "just strolling, Teri, but keep your eyes peeled and give me the word if you see anything that might be significant!" and to be honest, I wasn't too happy about possible contamination of the scene – I've got a friend who's a SOCO and they can become pretty belligerent if they suspect anyone's been messing up footprints or picking up souvenirs before they've got the site locked-down, which could happen pretty fast in a case like this – two weel-kent, almost kenspeckle individuals like Oyzell and Maude going missing, right in front of a credible and probably reliable witness, who could show them exactly where it had happened, point out the precise spot, was a dream come true – usually they arrived well after the event and had to eliminate much of the possible trace evidence before they could isolate and evaluate what was relevant, and on this ancient site, from where the Romans had controlled the South of Scotland for several centuries, curious objects were always being turned up – talk about time immemorial! it wasn't outlandish to feel the presence of the people who pre-dated the Romans, the Votadini, whose hill fort on the towering North Eildon provided them with a view stretching from the distant Peeblesshire hills to the sea at Berwick, although those names never existed in their time; old gigot bones proved that they had kept domesticated sheep, as well as oxen and pigs, and when the wind came in at just the right angle, even we – who think ourselves thoroughly contempo, scientific, rational, can catch a sense of voices speaking long-dead languages and hear their screams as the Legions trample them into the mud; if there is such a thing as a Landscape Memory, then this beautiful valley has a store-full, if only we can unlock the door; but my reverie disappeared like starlings on the wind when Hyman said: "look, Teri, see, just there?" and I followed the direction from his finger and saw it too, half-hidden in a clump of turf that had been raised by the cows, now placidly grazing at the far end of the field.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Thursday, January 23, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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