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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Diligent, Hildegard von Bingen – no thon auld mediaeval nun biddy whae was aye wrotten hymns, bit the supremo soprano, undisputed star o Vienna's State Opera Hoose - was also caliginous: six months ago she had permitted the rather dusty and very ancient book collector, no, better to say exceedingly wealthy book collector, Ignatius Kant, to pursue her, with flowers, gifts, dinners at Vienna's finest restaurants, requests, promises, pleadings and eventually a proposal, which, after two minutes and thirty seconds of apparent indecision, she accepted; now, six days after his untimely demise, brought on, one might say, hastened, according to his personal physician, Doctor Esterházy Wallfischermanns, who had noticed that the number of prescriptions for ambergris his dear friend and favourite patient had been requesting, had increased rather significantly, indicating a rather excessive amount of engagements in the practice of what louche Viennese had taken to referring to as the Corkscrew Waltz because of it's repetitious spinning, although the size of a normal mattress restricted the area covered, but all of that is bye-the-bye; suffice to say that, having emptied Kant's bank account and packed all his most valuable books into a dozen large portmanteau and cabin-trunks, and despatched another ten crates of rare first editions of poetry, prose, philosophy, politics, religion and piffle - including a complete set of the classical chrestomathy which had been the adjunct to his bibliophilia, and through his philanthropic self-publishing and distribution to schools throughout the Empire and which had made him so famous to several generations of Austro-Hungarian students of linguistics that their refrain: The Kaiser Can, The Tsar Can, The Emperor Can, but Old Iggy Kant still echoes around quadrangles even as war breathes down their necks - ahead, and had, after a full day of driving in the open Landau, and then waiting for seven hours at the tiny station, with only a basic refreshment room, been rewarded by the sight of the Special she had heard about, pulling in to have it's water-tanks refilled and it's coal-tender restocked, so that now, she had boarded and wondered if she had been mistakenly informed, for this particular train seemed to her to be like something out of one of Lewis Carroll's books, why, there sat a man wearing an Admiral's fore-and-aft hat made out of newspaper, and discussing something amiable with a sheep, while along that corridor small boys were creating a long and potentially lethal slide by the excessive use of floor polish, but here was the person she had been told about, introducing himself to her, as Jakob Feldman, General Manager and Director of Cabaret Voltaire, now occupying this train and heading for a new home in Zurich, and she told him that when her performances at the Opera House permitted, she often joined the audience in his small underground hall quite incognito, and was a passionate enthusiast for their Bohemian approach to the performing arts - all utter bilge, of course, for other than through the present emergency, she would not have been seen dead, even incognito, in such a seedy venue as theirs, but then, greed and need breed strange bedfellows, as her old grandmother Pinkstein was wont to say to anyone who'd listen.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Tuesday, January 28, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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