In "The Cask of Amontillado," what were the 3 or 4 rules Montressor believed were important in order for his act to be considered revenge?I believe the three were found within the first few...

In "The Cask of Amontillado," what were the 3 or 4 rules Montressor believed were important in order for his act to be considered revenge?

I believe the three were found within the first few paragraphs. However, I don't quite fully understand what the concrete regulations are.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I don't know that there are any concrete regulations for committing the perfect crime, but Montressor had a pretty good idea. First, there could be no witnesses; therefore, he made certain that none of his servants would be at his home during his meeting with Fortunato. Secondly, no sounds could be heard, so Montressor made sure that Fortunato's screams would not be heard in the depths of the catacombs. Third, the body must never be found, and Montressor's location--plus, his decision to wall up the niche--would assure this. Fourth, Fortunato must not have any inkling of the true intent that Montressor has in store for him. Two other considerations were also important to Montressor: He must never be caught, since his incarceration would ruin his degree of revenge.

A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.

And of utmost importance, Fortunato must understand--must be told--why the act is being undertaken.

It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.

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