Does Montresor feel guilt when he kills Fortunado?  And where is the evidence in the story?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There are two slight indications that Montresor felt some guilt for what he had done to Fortunato. Both of these indications, or clues, are to be found at the every end of the tale. He writes: "My heart grew sick--on account of the dampness of the catacombs." The break in that sentence suggests that he does not want to admit, even to himself, that he felt heartsick because of pity for his victim and that he quickly stops himself short and attributes his feelings to the dampness of the catacombs. He should have been thoroughly accustomed to that dampness by this point. The other clue is the Latin sentence at the very end: "In pace requiescat!" which means "Rest in peace." He may mean this with complete sincerity. He may sincerely regret what he did while at the same time feel satisfaction with the success of his scheme of revenge.


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