The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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In "The Cask of Amontillado," how does Montresor empty his house of all servants?

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Poe uses many things for double purposes. When Montresor tells his servants he will not return until morning and gives them explicit orders not to stir from the house, he knows they will all disappear as soon as his back is turned. This rids the house of servants, so there will be no one to see that he has brought Fortunato home with him. But it also is a sign of Montresor's poverty. He can only afford inferior-quality servants, and he may not be paying them regularly. They do pretty much as they please because they know he can't fire them, and they wouldn't care if he did. With the servants...

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Montressor empties his house that is full of servants by saying he won't be back.

So he is basically saying even if they don't follow his instructions, Montressor won't be there to check up if they are gone.

He ends up coming back but the servants ended up leaving because they believed his words.