What is Montresor's motivation in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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In the famous horror story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe, a rich nobleman named Montresor lures a man named Fortunato into the catacombs under his home with the promise of sampling some Amontillado wine. Once they have reached a remote chamber in the catacombs, Montresor chains Fortunato to the wall, bricks up the entrance, and leaves him there, entombed alive.

As readers, we would suppose that Fortunato must have done something terrible to Montresor to prompt such a horrifying act of revenge, but in fact, the only motivation that Poe mentions is in the first line. Montresor, the narrator, feels that Fortunato insulted him. Although he hints at other injuries, he does not delineate them, and he implies that he bore these other injuries without doing anything about them. He says:

The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.

Montresor's cunning, evil intent and lack of remorse throughout the story leads us...

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