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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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