What are some allusions (and explanations of allusions) from "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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Early in the text, Montresor explains that the events he relates occur during "the supreme madness of the Carnival season." The Carnival season takes place just prior to the Lenten season, and it is celebrated by Catholics all over Europe but most especially in Italy. Technically, it is the period of time between January at the end of Epiphany (the twelfth and last day of Christmas) and the day before Ash Wednesday (when Lent begins), also known as Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras). The last week of this period, however, is the most raucous. There are public celebrations, and people dress in costumes for big parties and parades. This is why, in the story, Fortunato is dressed as a jester, and it is also why Montresor can put on a mask and long cloak without drawing attention to himself. He would just appear to be in costume as so many other people are, and masks are very common and popular during Carnival.

Poe's choice of Amontillado as the wine with which Montresor tempts Fortunato also...

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