Describe 5 sinister moods in the story "The Cask of Amontillado"

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1.  Right off the bat, Poe gets sinister in describing Montresor's intense conviction for thorough revenge:  "At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely, settled—...I must not only punish but punish with impunity."  He definitely WOULD enact revenge, with NO mercy.  Very sinister indeed.

2.  "I continued, as was my wont to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation."  Creepy!  He smiles at his victim, but only because as he is smiling, he is imagining his murder (immolation).

3.  When Fortunato starts rattling his chains in desparate horror to get out, Montresor "that I might hearken to it with the more satisfaction,...ceased my labours and sat down upon the bones."  He is listening to the horrific struggle of a dying man like he's at a show, thoroughly enjoying himself.

4.  "I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied."  Such satisfaction in the slow murder of a man!

5.  When Fortunato starts yelling, Montresor "replied to the yells of him who clamoured. I re-echoed, I aided, I surpassed them in volume and in strength."  So Montresor, almost mockingly, yells and screams right back, even louder.  Very discomfiting, and definitely sinister.

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