The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Can you please paraphrase paragraph 1? "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely, settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong."

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Here is my attempt at a paraphrase of Poe's typically nineteenth-century, florid prose into the less elaborated and more scaled-down language of our own age:

I had been able, as best I could, to put up with about a thousand different things Fortunato had done to hurt me. But when he openly insulted me, I knew I had to get back at him, to take revenge. You know...

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