In the opening sentence of Poe's classic short story, Montresor makes his intentions perfectly clear by commenting,
The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. (Poe, 1)
Montresor goes on to reveal his determination to get revenge on Fortunato for his ambiguous "thousand injuries" and elaborates on his idea of the perfect revenge by saying,
At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely, settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish but punish with impunity. (Poe, 1)
After carefully planning his revenge, Montresor meets Fortunato during the carnival season and leads him to his empty palazzo. Once they are in the depths of Montresor's catacombs, Fortunato begins coughing and Montresor suggests that they return. When Fortunato replies by saying that he will not die of a cough, Montresor once again reveals his desire for revenge and evil...
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