The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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How do the narrator's spoken remarks to Fortunato compare with his internal feelings for the man in The Cast of Amontillado?

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Montresor says early in the story, "It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. 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." When he does actually encounter Fortunato in the street, Montresor calls him "dear" and compliments him on how well he looks. He also seems to defer to Fortunato's expertise in wine, saying that he was "silly enough" to pay full price for Amontillado "without consulting" Fortunato first. Montresor flatters Fortunato's pride again when he says that he will go and fetch Luchesi, another local wine connoisseur, because Fortunato is obviously busy; he refers to the people who say that Luchesi's taste is as good as Fortunato's as "fools." Montresor knows that Fortunato's weakness is his pride and that if he appeals to Fortunato's pride, he will be able to get Fortunato to do whatever he wants. He is, essentially, totally...

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