The Cask of Amontillado Questions and Answers
by Edgar Allan Poe

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What is Fortunato's third response to what is happening to him?

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In Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado," character Fortunato is buried alive by protagonist Montresor. 

Fortunato's first response to being buried alive by Montresor is to ask about the wine. Poe writes, "'The Amontillado!' ejaculated my friend, not yet recovered from his astonishment." He is still drunk and just wants to get to the wine, which he has come down in the vaults for.

His second response is to pretend he thinks it is a joke, to give Montresor a kind of "out." He hopes that if he makes it seem like a joke, Montresor will let him out and laugh along with him. "'Ha! ha! ha!...a very good joke indeed...we will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo." 

When these responses do not change his fate, Fortunato's third response is to appeal to Montresor's religion or spirituality. He invokes faith, saying, "'For the love of God, Montresor!" Yet Montresor only continues to build up the new wall around Fortunato, sealing him in his tomb.

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