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I believe Montresor fulfills all of his conditions for a successful revenge upon Fortunato in "The Cask of Amontillado." The two primary ones mentioned in the first paragraph are most important to Montresor.
I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.
Montresor succeeds in punishing Fortunato with impunity--without being punished himself--and he does not allow his retribution to expose him. Very importantly, Montresor believes that Fortunato must be aware that he is being punished for his "thousand injuries." Therefore, death cannot come suddenly and without notice. Montresor's method is perfect: Fortunato will slowly die within the walled recess that Montresor has constructed, with the full knowledge that Montresor is his killer.
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