In "The Cask of Amontillado," how did Montresor trap Fortunato?

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Montressor used Fortunado's ego to trick him into the cellar. Fortunato believed that he knew everything about wines. Montressor told him he had a cask of Amontillado (apparently a rare wine) in the cellar, but he wanted to be sure it was the real thing. After getting Fortunato rather drunk, he led him into the passage, all the while making comments that would have warned a sober man that he was in great danger. He also continued to play to Fortunato's ego, buttering him up with fawning comments on his wine expertise. When the duo arrived at a niche in the wall, Montressor told him the cask was inside. As Fortunato stumbled in, Montressor chained him to the wall with shackles ready for the deed. He then walled him in and left him to die in the dark, dank cellar. What did Fortunato do to deserve this horrible end? He insulted Montressor's reputation on a minor matter. The moral is don't let people play to your ego, and don't drink and walk underground with someone you've insulted!

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