Who is the "you" addressed in the first paragraph of "The Cask of Amontillado"? When and why is the story being told?

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The terrifying short story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe is, in essence, the confession of a murderer. A man named Montresor finds an acquaintance named Fortunato during carnival revelries and lures him deep into the family catacombs under his mansion. Once there, Montresor chains Fortunato to a wall, bricks up the opening to the chamber, and leaves him there buried alive. The only motivation that Montresor gives for this horrifying deed is that Fortunato insulted him.

There are several clues in the story as to who Montresor might be addressing and when and why the story is being told, but most of the answers ultimately involve speculation. The only definitive answer concerns when Montresor committed the crime. In the final paragraph, he describes finishing the brickwork in front of the chamber where Fortunato is chained, plastering over the bricks, and then finally placing a "rampart of bones." He then says that "for the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them." By...

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