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Essay Concerning The Cask of Amontillado

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The Cask of Amontillado A narrator called Montresor explains how a man named Fortunato has violated him repeatedly, and now he wants to get revenge for all these injustices "without impunity," noting that he does not need to have any consequences because of this action. But he does not reveal his hatred to Fortunato whatsoever but instead continued, "to grin in his face," secretly gloating over the way Fortunato will be dead. This guy also has one weakness, and also the narrator chooses to exploit, that Fortunato is a Italian who enjoys wine tasting, rather than paintings or gems, that he knows nothing about. The narrator declares that he, too, is a connoisseur of wine, showing that even in this area Fortunato doesn't have him defeated. Events reach an apex one day throughout the Italian carnival season, once the narrator experiences a drunken Fortunato and eagerly shakes his hands, announcing blatantly that he's supposedly received any Amontillado wine, however he's not sure if it actually is Amontillado after all. Being a wine taster, the drunken Fortunato immediately becomes interested, demanding to know more about this item. However, Montresor adds that he is going to request a guy named Luchesi to taste this wine for him, to establish if it's actually Amontillado or maybe not. Fortunato insists that he go himself to taste this wine since Luchesi is dumb, in spite of this narrator's plentiful hindsight, adding that the wine remains at the vaults under his residence. Donning a black mask as is conventional during carnival season, the narrator directs his drunken companion who wears a fur coat with dreams, to his dwelling. There, he relates how "I took from their sconces two flambeaux [torches], and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults. I passed down a long and winding staircase, requesting him to be more cautious because he follows. We came at length to the foot of the descent, and stood together on the damp ground of the catacombs of the Montresors" Poe, pg. 282. Gazing about, Fortunato starts coughing due to this nitre, or saltpeter, fumes which fill the atmosphere but fails to move upstairs if Montresor expresses concern, who then says revealingly that it is true after all that Fortunato won't die from coughing. The narrator then picks up a bottle of Medoc lying there in the wine cellar, a.. .

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