Who are the three main characters in "The Cask of Amontillado"?

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There are only three characters mentioned in Poe's classic short story "The Cask of Amontillado." Montresor is the narrator of the story, who describes to an unidentified person how he murdered his enemy, Fortunato. Montresor vividly describes how he manipulates Fortunato into following him down into his family's catacombs, where he eventually shackles and buries Fortunato alive. Fortunato is the second character in the story, who plays the role of Montresor's unsuspecting enemy. He had apparently insulted Montresor a thousand times and follows Montresor into his family's vaults under the assumption that he will get to taste some rare Amontillado wine. Luchesi is the other character mentioned in the short story, who does not actually appear. Montresor mentions Luchesi's name to incite Fortunato's pride and arrogance by claiming that Luchesi can distinguish whether or not the Amontillado is authentic.

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Poe's story features three characters who are named: Montresor, Fortunato, and Luchesi. Montresor is the narrator of the story, telling the tale from the first-person point of view. Fortunato is the victim of Montresor's diabolical revenge. Luchesi is mentioned in the story, but he never actually appears. Montresor uses his name as a threat to keep Fortunato moving toward his impending death. He tells Fortunato that he will let Luchesi taste the Amontillado if Fortunato is not interested in trying it himself.

There is another "character" in the story, but this one is not even named or identified. Who is the person to whom Montresor confesses? A friend? A priest? A physician? Nobody knows for sure, but many have tried to figure out this mystery.

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