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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"Far be it from me to criticise any manespecially in the presence of two people who know him far better then I, and one of them his wifebut as a collection of first impressions, I would suggest that despite his protestationsif that isn't an improper descriptionof pious Catholicism, his whole demeanour smacks of trumpery, trumpery and frumpery, when he squirted the chilli sauce into the eyes of the presumedby him if no-one elseabductor of Miss Montecello, his visage was that of a cold-blooded killerand I have seen plenty of those in my many timesindeed his eyes seemed to move closer together, his ears higher on his head, his skin tightened, darkened, became mottled, and his tongue darted out almost like that of a rattlesnake, it was momentary, far shorter than the time it took me to describe it, because it all happened at once, yet it was markedly noticeable for I was watching him, the others, the police officers, were concentrating on the 'alleged suspect' so probably didn't see it, but if pushed, I would say it may have been a nyctinastic movement, indicative of him being very different from what you all suppose him to be," a heartbeat and Jessica's voice, hoarse and strained: "no shit!" a statement, not a question.

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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