Compare and contrast the friendships in ''The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe and "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin.

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There are several obvious differences between the relationships at the center of "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Story of an Hour." In the former story, Montresor and Fortunato are ostensibly friends in a casual way, and Montresor is responsible for Fortunato's death. In the latter, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are married, and Mrs. Mallard does not kill her husband. Indeed, he unintentionally kills her at the end of the story.

Nonetheless, the two stories are similar in the shocking joy felt by the protagonist at the death of his/her friend or partner. "The Cask of Amontillado" ends with the gloating words of Montresor, reflecting that he has murdered his adversary with impunity:

Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!

Just before she sees her husband again, when she still believes that she is dead, Mrs. Mallard shows the same elation at being rid of him:

There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory.

In conventional terms, there is something monstrous in Mrs. Mallard's callous reaction to the death of her husband, which parallels the more obvious and active villainy of Montresor.

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