The irony of the story cuts much deeper than this, however. I took from their sconces two flambeaux, and giving one to Fortunato, bowed him through several suites of rooms to the archway that led into the vaults. This has been reprinted twice by Editora Bloch Brazil.
He emptied it at a breath. Just as Montresor is about to finish, Fortunato laughs as if Montresor is playing a joke on him, but Montresor is not joking.
It was succeeded by a sad voice, which I had difficulty in recognizing as that of the noble Fortunato. Three sides of this interior crypt were still ornamented in this manner. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was.
The adaptation was written by Albert B. I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house.
Art by Pedro Lopez. The cold is merely nothing.
Montresor does not recognize this hand signal, though he claims that he is a Mason. He tells Fortunato that he has acquired something that could pass for Amontillado, a light Spanish sherry. I again paused, and holding the flambeaux over the mason-work, threw a few feeble rays upon the figure within.
I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up. It is with this converging of the two characters that one is able to see the larger symbolism of the Montresor crest — the foot steps on the serpent while the serpent forever has his fangs embedded in the heel.
I paused again, and this time I made bold to seize Fortunato by an arm above the elbow. We came at length to the foot of the descent, and stood together upon the damp ground of the catacombs of the Montresors.
The wall was now nearly upon a level with my breast. In fact, at the end of the story, we, the readers, are certain that his atrocity will never be discovered.
We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. Art by Maxon Poe.
A moment more and I had fettered him to the granite. Accordingly, one evening during carnival time, a time when much frivolity and celebration would be taking place, Montresor set his fiendish, mad plan into motion with full confidence that he would never be discovered.
Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. The same is true when Fortunato insults Montresor concerning the masons — both a secret, honorable order which requires close scrutiny for a person to become a member and, of course, an honorable trade, a tool of which Montresor will use for a most dishonorable deed.
How could a gifted person imagine insults of such magnitude so as to cause him to effect such a horrible revenge? Finally, every line and comment contributes to the totality or unity of effect that Poe sought to achieve. Very quickly, Montresor uncovered a "quantity of building stone and mortar" and began to "wall up the entrance.
Montresor makes sure that his servants will not be at home to hinder his plot by giving them explicit orders not to leave, and he makes sure that Fortunato will follow him into the wine cellar by playing on his pride and by urging him not to go.
It was reprinted in by Russ Cochran. Before placing the last stone, he drops a burning torch through the gap. For example, Fortunato comments on another nobleman being unable to distinguish amontillado from sherry when amontillado is in fact a type of sherry, and treats De Grave, an expensive French wine, with very little regard by drinking it in a single gulp.
I continued as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation. 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 full text of The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, with vocabulary words and definitions.
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Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of The Cask of Amontillado. It helps middle and high school students understand Edgar Allan Poe's literary masterpiece. THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO by Edgar Allan Poe () THE thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.
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