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What does Fortunato's hand movement mean in "The Cask of Amontillado"?
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Fortunado makes a hand gesture that is a secret signal of the Brotherhood of Masons.
Montresor seems to think that Fortunado has wronged him, so he brings him deep into the catacombs. Fortunado makes a gesture at one point, while he is drunk, and then asks Montresor if he is one of the Masons.
He laughed and threw the bottle upwards with a gesticulation I did not understand.
Fortunado then asks for further proof. Since Montresor is pretending to be a Mason, he wants him to make a hand signal as well.
“You? Impossible! A mason?”
“A mason,” I replied.
“A sign,” he said, “a sign.”
Since Montresor does not know the sign, did not recognize it, and can’t make it, he brings out his trowel and said this is a sign. Fortunado thinks it is funny, a jest that is a play on the word “mason.” He is too drunk to wonder why his friend has a trowel in the first place. Of course, Montresor plans to use it to brick his friend up, burying him alive in the catacombs.
Posted by litteacher8 on May 8, 2013 at 7:13 PM (Answer #1)
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