In the story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, how did Montressor succeed in getting Fortunato into the wine cellar?

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In the story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe, Montressor spends a long time plotting to kill Fortunato. He first ingratiates himself with his intended victim, so that Fortunato will trust him. He also discovers Fortunato's weaknesses, and especially his obsessive interest in fine wines.

At the time of the carnival, Montressor makes sure his servants are out of the way and then searches out Fortunato, and remarks to him:

"My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking to-day. But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts."

Because this is a very rare vintage, Fortunato is interested in tasting it. Montressor also flatters Fortunato by pretending to want his expertise in judging its quality and authenticity. Montressor tells Fortunato that the Amontillado is in his cellars, and uses that to lure Fortunato into the cellar. When Fortunato appears to get tired with the long walk underground, Montressor continues to talk about the Amontillado and plies him with Medoc (a French red wine) to sustain his energy and keep him too drunk to resist or become suspicious.

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The Cask of Amontillado

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