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How did Montresor know the house would be empty in "The Cask of Amontillado"?
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Montresor told his servants that he would not be home, so they should not leave, because he knew they would leave.
Montresor knew that his house would be empty because he made sure that his servants would leave by telling them that he would not be returning home. His servants don’t respect him. He is certainly not up to Fortunato’s station in life. He knows how to get rid of his servants.
I had told them that I should not return until the morning, and had given them explicit orders not to stir from the house.
If you tell people that you won’t be home, so they should not leave—chances are they will leave. After all, you won’t be there to catch them! So they all go off and make merry. It’s carnival season! Everything is hectic, and most people are just out having a good time. It is the perfect opportunity to kill someone without raising suspicions.
Montresor chooses carnival time because he knows his servants will leave the house the minute his back is turned and they know he won't be coming back to catch them gone. It is all part of his brilliant plan to have an alibi in case anyone wonders where he was. It takes awhile to lure someone into catacombs and bury him in the wall, after all!
Posted by litteacher8 on October 30, 2013 at 11:29 PM (Answer #1)
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