Explain this quote: “It is this,” I answered producing at trowel from beneath the folds of my roquelaire.” where it falls in the story, explain the importance of the statement.  Who says...

  1. Explain this quote: “It is this,” I answered producing at trowel from beneath the folds of my roquelaire.”

where it falls in the story, explain the importance of the statement.  Who says it? What is the context?  What does it mean to the rest of the story?

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Montresor pulls the trowel from his cloak after Fortunato expresses his shock at Montresor's insistence that he is a member of a masonic society.  Of course, Montresor really means that he is a mason in the sense of it being a name for someone involved in stone work; Montresor shows the trowel as a symbol of his intendion to use his masonry skills in order to entomb Fortunato in the recesses of the catacomb.  Montresor did not realize that Fortunato was actually not referring to the masonic society at all.  Had Fortunato been more sober, he would probably have wondered why Montresor carried a trowel; of course, Fortunato's drunkenness prevented him from recognizing Montresor's hints on more than one occasion. 

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The Cask of Amontillado

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