illustration of Fortunato standing in motley behind a mostly completed brick wall with a skull superimposed on the wall where his face should be

The Cask of Amontillado

by Edgar Allan Poe

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How does Montresor manipulate Fortunato so that it seems like going with Montresor is his own idea in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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Although Montressor has well prepared his revenge in "The Cask of Amontillado," he pretends to allow Fortunato the option of following him into the catacombs to taste the non-existent Amontillado. When Montressor sees that Fortunato is drunk (which he knew would be the case) and has a cold, he tells him not to bother--Montressor will simply allow Luchesi to give his assessment of the vintage. When Fortunato's cough worsens as they descend lower through the nitre-encrusted walls, Montressor begs him to go back. Fortunato replies that he "will not die from a cold." Montressor knows, however, that Fortunato's love of the rare Amontillado is too tantalizing for him to refuse.

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