Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story, "The Cask of Amontillado," takes place in an unnamed locale, but it is undoubtedly somewhere in 18th or early 19th century Italy. It takes place during the "height of the carnival season," a time of costumed revelry. The two main characters, Montressor and Fortunato, are wealthy men from old families. Apparently, they have known each other for years, but they can hardly be called friends. It is Montressor who decides to murder Fortunato, and he uses his acquaintance's weakness for the grape--in this case, amontillado--to lure him to his death deep in the family catacombs.