The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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What is symbolic about Montresor's punishment of Fortunado?

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Montresor describes the chains very briefly:

A moment more and I had fettered him to the granite. In its surface were two iron staples, distant from each other about two feet, horizontally. From one of these depended a short chain, from the other a padlock. 

These chains must have been there for hundreds of years. The huge accumulation of bones in the catacombs show that the palazzo and the site is hundreds of years old. Montresor did not install these chains; he must have just found them while exploring the catacombs. There could have been only one use for such chairs. They must have been used by feudal lords for the same purpose for which Montresor intends to use...

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