illustration of Fortunato standing in motley behind a mostly completed brick wall with a skull superimposed on the wall where his face should be

The Cask of Amontillado

by Edgar Allan Poe
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What is the ultimate fate of Fortunato in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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Montresor, Fortunato's friend, leads him down into his family crypt with the promise of showing Fortunato a pipe of a liquor called Amontillado. It is in the vaults that Fortunato meets his demise. Montresor claims that he doubts the liquor really is Amontillado, and he wants Fortunato to pass judgment on it, as Fortunato is a wine connoisseur. The two men descend into Montresor's vault, and Fortunto begins to cough. Montresor tells Fortunato that they must turn back, but Fortunato refuses. The friends share some wine, and they finally arrive, bearing torches, at a deep crypt. They notice a gap within the wall of human remains (where people were buried), and they enter this gap. Montresor fetters Fortunato to the granite walls within the crypt, and Montresor walls up the gap in the crypt with mortar and stone, capturing Fortunato inside. Though Fortunato calls to be released, Montresor seals him in the crypt, and, at the end of the story, says that no one has disturbed Fortunato's resting place for half a century. 

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Fortunato offended Montresor numerous times in the past, and Montresor seeks revenge by burying him alive. After running into Fortunato, who had been drinking excessive amounts of wine throughout the night, Montresor invites him over to try some Amontillado, which is a very rare wine. Fortunato enthusiastically follows Montresor through his family's catacombs in order to try the Amontillado wine. While traveling through the catacombs, Fortunato continues to drink until he walks into a small room where Montresor shackles him. Fortunato is helpless and cannot escape as Montresor begins to build a wall out of stones until Fortunato's voice cannot be heard. Fortunato ends up dying behind the stone wall in the catacombs, and Montresor says he has been buried for fifty years.

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