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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Over lunch with Henry and Florence, Geneviève learned something of her host's laissez-faire philosophy which was at variance with a number of his statements regarding her long-time adversary, MacFarlane, but when she commentated on this, Henry explained that for him, it was a matter of both ethics and morality: "you know that a Doctor's Hippocratic Oath begins, 'first, do no harm' and I would like to see this applied to all aspects of life and society here, in the United Kingdom, and when we have laws, police, courts and judges who will always tend to believe what a Duke or Earl says and reject the word of a Carter or Bricklayer or, for that matter, a Woman, then we have a system which does do harm, so for me, if what people do causes no harm, then I believe it is a matter for their personal conscience and beliefs, not for the State to intervene," and Florence commented: "you've got him on his hobby-horse now, all he needs is a soap-box," but her words were spoken affectionately and it was clear to Geneviève that for Florence, her brother was an Olympian who could do no wrong; then the maid who had been sent along the street with a message returned and handed the reply to Dr Jekyll, who read it out: "Stella's written it, 'of course we'd love to meet your new friend, bring her for afternoon tea at 3pm and she can try on some of our frocks, BFF, Stella' and laughed, that means Best Friends Forever, and is one of Fanny's, if she likes you she will never want to let you go, so be warned, Geneviève," at which she smiled, for she knew that no matter how closely entwined she became with these people, when the time came for her to move on in her pursuit of MacFarlane, she would not hesitate, nor miss them, she was using them, taking advantage of their good natures, but that was just the way it had ever been, since she first began to work for the King's Council: "are they both patients, Henry?" she asked and Florence got in first: "without going into any details, I would say that Stella is the stronger of the two and really only consults with Henry a couple of times a year, just the normal complaints, but Fanny is really quite sensitive, more nervousnot a pseudopatient, she's very genuinebut we do see more of her, don't we, dear?" and Geneviève saw Henry Jekyll blush for the second time and wondered what his sister made of that, but what she said was: "do they have employment, these young ladies?" and a glance was exchanged between the doctor and nurse, and Florence said: "they are Theatricals, dear, they sing and dance and do monologues and skits and the like, in the Drury Lane Theatre, we've often seen them on-stage, sometimes in actual Plays, too; remember that one with Valentine Vox? a regular farce that was, with cross-talk and macaronic songs, all Cockney slang and Latin that no Roman would understand, but it was hilarious and we had such fun with Fanny and Stella afterwards, you'll like them, dear, and I know they will adore you!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Monday, March 30, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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