Cask of Amontillado

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Tale by Poe, published in Godey's Lady's Book (1846).

During the excitement of the carnival in an Italian city, Montresor determines to seek revenge for “the thousand injuries” inflicted on him by Fortunato, a wine connoisseur. He inveigles the drunken Fortunato to his underground vault to taste a choice Amontillado he claims to have stored there. When they reach a crypt at the end of a passage, Montresor shackles the stupefied Fortunato and proceeds to wall him up with stone and mortar. Fortunato cries for help, but there is no one to hear, and Montresor completes his work, the last sound from his victim being a faint jingling of bells on his carnival motley.

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