The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Montresor refers to a coat of arms. What is a coat of arms?  What is the significance of the coat of arms in the story "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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The coat of arms that Montresor describes is so bizarre that it could be entirely imaginary. It is a huge golden human foot crushing a snake. It is also almost too appropriate for the occasion. The motto is also almost too appropriate. It may be that Montresor does not have a coat of arms or a motto at all. And it may be that Fortunato is being malicious when he says, "I forget your coat of arms." Fortunato may know perfectly well that Montresor does not descend from a noble line. Montresor is not committing this murder because of his ancestors or their motto. To suppose this is to negate the validity of the "thousand injuries" that...

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