What specific steps does Montressor take to ensure that his plan works in killing Fortunato in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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Montresor has his plan carefully worked out. First, he makes sure his servants will be out of the house by telling them he will be out all night, but he wants them to stay at home and not go to Carnivale. Montresor knows the servants will leave. This way, no one will see Fortunato go to Montresor's house. Next, Montresor uses Fortunato's ego against him by saying he needs Fortunato's expert opinion on some wine he has bought. Then Montresor baits Fortunato by saying he'll get Luchesi, another wine expert, to do it. Of course, Fortunato takes the bait and insists on going with Montresor. Montresor is very nice to Fortunato beforehand so Fortunato will have no reason to think that anything is wrong. Once in the catacombs, Montresor encourages Fortunato to drink more so it will be easier to chain him to the wall. Montresor then walls Fortunato in the alcove so he will never be found. Montresor is telling the story fifty years after the crime, so he is never caught and does committ the perfect crime, as far as carrying out the murder.


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