The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

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Key Plot Points

Montresor Seeks Revenge: Montresor details his anger toward Fortunato, a man who has insulted him. Though Montresor feigns friendship with Fortunato, he plots revenge.

Montresor Lures Fortunato into the Catacombs: Montresor meets Fortunato, who is dressed as a jester, in the street during Carnival. Montresor tells him that he has bought a cask of Amontillado, a rare and expensive wine, without tasting it first. The inebriated Fortunato insists on accompanying Montresor to taste it. Montresor puts on a black silk mask and leads Fortunato down into the Montresor catacombs.

They Descend: As they descend, Fortunato starts coughing. Montresor offers to go back, but Fortunato insists on continuing. They open a bottle of...

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