In "The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe" why is Fortunato naive? And 3 quotes to explain why.

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Fortunato is intoxicated and has a bad cough.  Going down into the catacombs is dangerous to his health.  Naively, he proceeds despite Montressor's obvious faux warnings:

The wine sparkled in his eyes and the bells jingled. My own fancy grew warm with the Medoc. We had passed through walls of piled bones, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs. I paused again, and this time I made bold to seize Fortunato by an arm above the elbow.

"The nitre!" I said: see it increases. It hangs like moss upon the vaults. We are below the river's bed. The drops of moisture trickle among the bones. Come, we will go back ere it is too late. Your cough" --

"It is nothing" he said; "let us go on. But first, another draught of the Medoc."

Montressor foreshadows how he will kill Fortunato: he produces a trowel, after which Fortunato takes him by the arm in order to be led to the Amontillado:

"A sign," he said.

"It is this," I answered, producing a trowel from beneath the folds of my roquelaire.

"You jest," he exclaimed, recoiling a few paces. "But let us proceed to the Amontillado."

"Be it so," I said, replacing the tool beneath the cloak, and again offering him my arm.

Montressor shows Fortunato his coat of arms and gives him the motto, both of which deal with revenge.  Fortunato, dimwittedly says, "Good!" after.

"I forget your arms."

"A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel."

"And the motto?"

"Nemo me impune lacessit."

"Good!" he said.

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The Cask of Amontillado

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