Both men may think of themselves as aristocrats, and there were many aristocrats in Venice who made such livings on relatively precarious enterprises. You have been imposed upon. 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. Montresor then suddenly chains the slow-footed Fortunato to a stone. He repeated the movement --a grotesque one.
I continued, as was my , to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his. And the stake is not without value, eh? Apparently aggravated by the nitre, Fortunato begins to cough. When Martha first began teaching American literature, she found so much conflicting information about Edgar Allan Poe that she became confused about what to teach her students. It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend. But is it not getting late? I shall not die of a cough.
You were not to be found, and I was fearful of losing a bargain. He had a weak point—this Fortunato—although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. Another is the name of the wine they drink on the way to get to theAmontillado. The audience knows that Fortunato is headed towards his doom, but he does not. During the carnival season, Montresor, wearing a mask of black silk, approaches Fortunato. He is the protagonist as he is the point of view character and the one that carries the plot. He had on atight-fitting parti-striped dress and his head wassurmounted by the conical cap and bells.
I was so pleased to see him that I thought I should never have done wringing his hand. A draught of this Medoc will defend us from the damps. Fortunato is anxious to taste the wine and to determine for Montresor whether or not it is truly Amontillado. In painting and , Fortunato, like his countrymen, was a quack, but in the matter of old wines he was sincere. I hastened to make an end of my labour.
But first, another draught of the Medoc. He laughed and threw the bottle upwards with a I did not understand. It further suggests that Fortunato is a sometime competitor and sometime business associate. I reapproached the wall; I replied to the yells of him who clamoured. But first, another draught of the Medoc. Few Italians have the true virtuoso spirit. I must not only punish but punish with impunity.
My own fancy grew warm with the Medoc. A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back. Perhaps Fortunato would like to buy the rest of the cargo of Amontillado at a bargain price and eliminate both Montresor and Luchesi as competitors in bargaining with the seller. We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. When Fortunato's disappearance is discovered there will be a thorough investigation—but no one will suspect Montresor of foul play because the two men were known to be such great friends. You have been imposed upon.
But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts. It is not the engagement, but the severe cold with which I perceive you are afflicted. I looked at him in surprise. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived a still interior crypt or recess, in depth about four feet, in width three, in height six or seven.
Montresor is the protagonist, because he is the main character and narrator, even though he is an evil minded, perhaps demented, person who murders Fortunato. A draught of this Medoc will defend us from the damps. I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied. I paused again, and this time I made bold to seize Fortunato by an arm above the elbow. These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned. Once Fortunato is in chains, we know Montresor's revenge is assured.
How remarkably well you are looking to-day. It was now midnight, and my task was drawing to a close. We continued our route in search of the Amontillado. The foreshadowing is when Montresor and Fortunato discuss Montressor's famliy crest. Taunting Fortunato with an offer to leave, Montresor begins to wall up the entrance to this small crypt, thereby trapping Fortunato inside. Poe's use of situational irony here helps shape Montresor's character by showing the ease with which he misleads the victim of his revenge, whom he calls his friend.