Throughout the story, Fortunato is completely ignorant of Montresor's evil intentions and foolishly follows him into the depths of his catacombs in hopes of tasting the Amontillado. As they travel down the vaults, Fortunato continues to consume wine, which significantly impairs his judgment and enhances his vulnerability. When they reach the end of the catacombs, Montresor encourages Fortunato to examine a niche in the back wall, where he quickly shackles him to the granite and begins building a rampart around his body. The moment Fortunato finally realizes that Montresor plans to harm him takes place when he begins to sober up and moan. Montresor says,
I had scarcely laid the first tier of the masonry when I discovered that the intoxication of Fortunato had in a great measure worn off. The earliest indication I had of this was a low moaning cry from the depth of the recess. It was not the cry of a drunken man.
In addition to his moans of pain, fear, and desperation, Fortunato begins...
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