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Why is carnival season an ideal time for Montresor to carry out his plan?

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fredbuddy | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 27, 2009 at 7:54 AM via web

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Why is carnival season an ideal time for Montresor to carry out his plan?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 27, 2009 at 9:33 AM (Answer #1)

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During the carnival season everyone will be partying and drinking. This is a great opportunity for Montresor to let his servants skip out for the weekend and he can lure Fortunado into his "basement" --catacombs--to check out a cask of wine.  This wine is fictional, but he pretends to have such a cask and "has his doubts" about it.  By playing up to Fortunado's pride and the fact that he's a bit drunk, Montresor is able to talk him into coming over so he can kill him.  Everyone else will be busy and not notice thier disappearance.

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