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The Cask of Amontillado
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“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could; but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.” Pg. 1

This is the first sentence of the story and it really sets the mood of the story, it implies that he wants revenge and gives the story kind of a dark and scary mood. This is also the mystery of the whole story; from the first sentence it makes you wonder what Fortunato did to Montresor to make him vow revenge.


“Nemo me impune lacessit” Pg. 4

This is Montresor’s family motto; it means ‘No one attacks me without punishment’. This quote has significance to they story because it gives you an idea as to why Montresor might want to kill Fortunato. You can assume that Fortunato might have insulted or attacked him or a member of his family so he wants revenge.



“In an he had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered. A moment more and I had fettered him to the granite.” Pg. 5

This is the point of the story when Montresor successfully traps Fortunato in the niche in the catacombs and chains him. This is the climax of the story because it is what he has been working for the whole time.


            “He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine…in this respect I did not differ from him materially; I was skillful in the Italian vintages myself and bought largely whenever I could…my dear Fortunato you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking today! But I have received a pipe of what passes for amontillado, and I have my doubts.” Pg. 1

This quote gives you an introduction to the characters and what they know and enjoy, wine. They both like wine and know it very well and it is possible that Fortunato insulted Montresor’s taste for wine.



“No answer still… My heart grew sick—on account of the dampness of the catacombs.” Pg. 6

This quote shows a softer side of Montresor because it might imply that he felt guilty for killing him. This is right after he realized he was dead and that he really killed him and then says that he “hastened to make an end to his labor”.

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