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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"I'm torn, Dominic, torn, torn, ripped into seven sheets and scattered to the four winds, it's a position I've never been in before and I find it utterly, dreadfully, painfully, agonisingly, excruciatingly, deplorably, unquestionably, without a doubt in the world to be a fuckin rotten position to be in," and Doubleday stared disbelievingly at Sir Parlane MacFarlane, his Master, Boon Companion, Half-Brother, Role Model and Rock, for never had he heard such words come from so resolute, so determined, so courageouswell maybe not quite thatso cunning, so duplicitous, so light-fingered, so free with the lassies and casual with any pocketable, transportable, purloinable, transferable, usable, and especially, valuable, commodity that came within his vision, Man of Destiny, of Past Tense and Future Perfect, of Variable Dimensions, of This, That and especially, The Other, but all he could say was, "fit fer?" chiefly because he had no earthly idea what his Chieftain was blabbering on about, introspection, self-analysis, philosophising, being in harmony with the rhythm of nature, of the elements, of, of, 'Jesus, sumdy, help me!' and then he saw it: "ye'r undecided, Boss, is that it? ye cannae mak up yer mind, eh? should ye be a Born Again Righteous Do-Gooder, or yer ain self, whit did it say in yon Melrose Monday Meshuggener aboot ye? oh, aye, 'Evil Incarnate' noo thon's goat a ring aboot it, 'Evil Incarnate' thon wud mak a guid filum title, eh? so um a richt? ur ye switherin?" but MacFarlane merely yawned and said, laconically, if not quite as comically as he may have intended, but then, such are the unintended consequences of the tangled webs we weave when all our lives we practice to deceive, "aye an no, big man, it's no a binary choice, there's implications, benefits an losses, pluses an minuses, mair than twa sides tae the coin," and Doubleday beamed, "gotcha, Boss, ur we gaun back intae the Snake-Oil Racket wi Soapy Smith? thon wis guid times in Skagway, oh, Touch-the-Button Nell, Diamond Lil, Frenchy, or wis they in Dawson? ma memry's a bit pickled aboot thae deys, but is that the plan?" but Macfarlane shook his head, then said: "ye mind Joe Croft? the Reverend Joseph Gingerbread Croft, of the Parish of Mauchline in Ayrshire, no? weel ye should, cause his is a perfect illustration o whit am tryin tae say, back in the day, when Rabbie Burns wis a youngster, gatherin forget-me-nots wi the lasses, the Reverend Croft gave a blood-curdlin sermon aw aboot the Seven Deadly Sins, ye'll mind them? aye that's richt, Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Sloth and Wrath, now as it happens, the Reverend Croft wis an emissary for The Lord's Day Observance Society, ane o they high an michty cabals o spoilsports an miseryguts, an they were aw fer promotin strict observance o the Hush Law, whit in America wis the Blue Law, and in certain parishes in Scotland ultra-extreme zealots like Croft could punish ony infringement o the Hush Law even mair severely than the Ten Commandments, an they wis regulated wi aw the force o The Criminal Law, but oneywey, in his sermon, Joe Croft went on an on aboot how every ane o the Seven Sins wis connected wi disrespectin, abusin an contradictin the rules an regulations aboot the Sabbath, even sayin he'd heard laddies whustlin on the Sabbath, fowk runnin on the Sabbath, bein late fer the Kirkmaybe they didna runlasses playin wi hoops an spinnin-tops on the Sabbath, men kissin their wivesor no their wiveswimmin haen wrinkly stockins, fowk singin, dancin, which probably led tae copulation on the Sabbath, auld fowk fa'in asleep durin serviceshe slammed doon the Bible wi sic a crash that he woke up maist o the snoozers, bit ane ancient chiel died o frichtan that should gie ye an idea o ma dilemma!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for Sunday, October 25, 2020 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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