Both men may think of themselves as aristocrats, and there were many aristocrats in Venice who made such livings on relatively precarious enterprises. Why does Montresor repeatedly warn Fortunato about the bad air in the vaults? We will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo --he! After a falling out with his wealthy foster father, Poe lost his high social status, and suffered from chronic financial troubles—as well as alcoholism—for the rest of his life. I perceive you have an engagement. He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much. He is sincerely concerned about Fortunato's well-being. In a last attempt at freedom, he even tries to play off the whole incident as a joke and asks Montressor to release him. Few Italians have the true virtuoso spirit.
If any one has a critical turn it is he. Instead, he accepts wine as the antidote to his cough. Montresor plans to kill Fortunato on the night of a carnival. By repeatedly suggesting that Luchesi could verify the Amontillado, Montresor deliberately provokes a prideful reaction from Fortunato, ensuring that he leave the carnival with Montresor. I paused again, and this time I made bold to seize Fortunato by an arm above the elbow.
One of the unique qualities of a Poe story is the use of a narrator the reader can identify with. What is curious about this narrator is that the reader never learns the details of Fortunato's unforgivable insult. Fortunato apparently considers Luchesi a competitor and claims that this man could not tell Amontillado from other types of sherry. There was then a long and obstinate silence. At this point, Fortunato was sure that Montresor didn't understand the gesture because it belonged to the secret order of the masons — an order that Fortunato was certain that Montresor couldn't belong to, thus flinging Montresor another insult and, unknowingly, bringing himself closer to his living death. When they arrive, they go into the catacombs via a winding staircase. It further suggests that Fortunato is a sometime competitor and sometime business associate.
This flawlessly diabolical plan of revenge begins to take shape during a period of great celebration. This seemingly kind act, of course, carries undertones of the most vicious irony, since what appears to be an act of kindness is only an act performed to keep the victim alive long enough to get him to the niche where he will be buried alive. The Cask of Amontillado begins during the carnival season of an unknown Italian city. Montresor told Fortunato that the Amontillado was inside. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was.
Fortunato says that he must be jesting, and the two men continue onward. For me it is no matter. In niche, and finding an instant he had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered. The Catacombs were founded in 1786 when city officials struggled to address overflowing cemeteries and the caving-in of other catacombs and graves. He had a weak point -- this Fortunato -- although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. One of the tools Poe uses is foreshadowing.
As the layers continue to rise, though, Fortunato falls silent. By reading or watching, we participate in this argument. This adds to the unknowingly fact that it is dark, and eerie, and something will happen. He continues to assure us that he has given Fortunato no insight to the fact that he is to kill him, and he plans to use Fortunato's knowledge of wine to lure him to his death. His vengeful nature made him unable to rethink the evil deed he had just committed. Montresor designs his plot of revenge with this in mind, chaining Fortunato up and then allowing him to slowly realize what has happened.
It was not the cry of a drunken man. For me it is no matter. Of course, Fortunato is intentionally buried alive, not accidentally. He wants to seek revenge once and for all! Normally, we would associate carnivals and jesters with being carefree and full of life. One evening during the carnival season, Montressor encounters the drunken Fortunato dressed as a jester. But I must first render you all the little attentions in my power. It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend.
Montresor is exceedingly polite and friendly to Fortunato, although the reader knows Montresor intends to murder Fortunato. Fortunato's response suggests that he doesn't understand Latin and is only pretending to understand the motto. The wine sparkled in his eyes and the bells jingled. As noted in this discussion, the story abounds in ironies. The plot is quite simple.
Then I must positively leave you. This feeling of expectation, or tension, is called suspense. However, once Montresor starts building a wall at the entrance of the small area, Fortunato sobers up quickly. The family crest is a serpent being stombled on a foot which it has previously bitten. My heart grew sick; it was the dampness of the catacombs that made it so.
This means Fortunato must become sober enough to understand that Montresor is taking his revenge upon him. Once more let me implore you to return. He leaned upon it heavily. But then, again, the question arises: How could a gifted person imagine insults of such magnitude so as to cause him to effect such a horrible revenge? From there, they see a recessed area, about four feet deep, three feet wide, and seven feet high. My own fancy grew warm with the Medoc.