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As Poe's "The Cask of Amantillado" begins, Montressor says:

THE THOUSAND INJURIES of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult.

During the story, however, Montressor neither divulges any of the injuries nor the insult.  Since Montressor is Italian and has a coat of arms whose symbol and motto are symbolic of revenge, the reader must assume that Montressor comes from an honor culture which prides itself on revenge in response to any individual or familial insults.  The crime could have been something as trivial as a breech of manners; regardless, it is so negligible that Fortunato never suspects any offense, even when he finally realizes his doom.

Just as Iago never gives a good enough reason to...

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