How does the narrator manipulate Fortunato through flattery in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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Despite the obvious hate and contempt that Montresor held for Fortunato, he knew that by appealing to his vanity he would be able to coerce him into the catacombs (that doubled as a wine cellar). Montresor first made Fortunato feel at ease by feigning friendship: With a "smile on his face," Montresor complimented his enemy on "How remarkably well you are looking to-day." He then immediately launched into his story about the rare vintage of Amontillado, knowing that in Fortunator's drunken state--and recognizing that Fortunato could not possibly pass up the chance to sample a free bottle--he would faithfully...

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