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A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from thethroat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back For abrief moment I hesitated I trembled Unsheathing my rapier, I beganto grope with it about the recess but the thought of an instantreassured me I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs,and felt satisfied I reapproached the wall I replied to the yells ofhim who clamoured I re echoed I aided I surpassed them in volumeand in strength I did this, and the clamourer grew still The terror of this tale isn t just in the final act, but in the behavior of the narrator, Montresor I read this story several times, trying to grasp the level of madness from which he suffers Is this truly a tale of revenge as he states to us in the beginning, or is it a tale of jealousy fueled by insanity Poor Fortunato, who is not fortunate at all, believes he is with a friend when he ventures down into the Montresorian Vaults to taste a cask of Amontillado It is carnival in this unnamed Italian city, and Fortunato is dressed as a fool, and he is so drunk that, though he calls himself a wine expert, I am led to believe he is of a drunken sod than an connoisseur Montresor says at the very beginning of this story that he has been insulted by athousand injuries,all perpetrated by Fortunato I ve known a couple of people in my lifetime who considered any slight a major assault against them It has been almost debilitating for them Every molehill becomes a mountain in their minds Most of us just slough those things off like a sprinkle of rain, but to thin skinned people, those slights become a torrential downpour of despair and projected animosity Montresor believes that Fortunato looks down upon him There is this moment in the story when the Montresor coat of arms is revealed a golden foot on a blue background crushing a snake whose fangs are embedded in the foot s heel, with the motto Nemo me impune lacessit No one attacks me with impunity The question is, depending on how you read this tale, is Montresor the snake being crushed or is he the embedded fangs Maybe, he is both Montresor expects Fortunato to insult him, so every odd look or misplaced word from Fortunato becomes a condemnation of his friend, Montresor Montresor might feel crushed, but he is about to embed his fangs Fortunato makes a symbolic motion with his arm and discovers that Montresor is not a Mason, though Montresor insists that he is, even showing Fortunato the trowel that is in his hand as proof Of course, showing the trowel is great foreshadowing for the final act of immurement The fact that Fortunato does not believe Montresor is further proof that he despises him Montresor could have enacted his revenge anywhere It is carnival season The perfect time for a strangulation, a knifing, a drowning or a bludgeoning, and Fortunato would just be thought of as an unfortunate victim of some ruffians, but Montresor wants something He wants Fortunato to forever reside among the bones of his ancestors He doesn t just want him dead He wants to OWN him forever The revenge, if that is what this is, will never end Illustration by Harry Clarke.There is this moment when Montresor realizes he isn t feeling well My heart grew sick on account of the dampness of the catacombs At the beginning of this sentence, I m feeling oddly relieved to discover that he is feeling some remorse, maybe the madness that has taken him over has finally been overcome by some horror at his own actions, but of course, all of that is quickly dispelled by him blaming those feelings on the dampness There are a couple of points, too, where he suggests to Fortunato that they should turn back, but he tempered each of those suggestions with a prod that would insure that his inebriated friend would want to continue Is this a demented way to assuage his guilt Can he convince himself that he tried to save him, but it was Fortunato s choice to continue to his death Edgar Allan Poe is most assuredly playing with your mind as he does in most of his stories He sprinkles little clues that for the discerning reader are there to be discovered My suggestion is to read this story a few times, and each time, hopefully, a new layer of the story will reveal itself to you This is an excellent example of Poe and by some people considered his best short story If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit I also have a Facebook blogger page at (((FREE PDF))) ☂ The Cask of Amontillado ⇻ Montresor Guarda Consigo Forte M Goa Contra Fortunato, Que O Injuriou V Rias Vezes, E Decide Vingar Se Dando Fim Vida De Seu Desafeto De Maneira Que A V Tima Saiba Quem Se Vinga E Que O Crime Permane A Impune Fortunato Somente Descobre Seu Funesto Destino Quando N O Mais Pode Evit Lo Montresor Concretiza Sua Vingan A E Permanece Impune Typically this is considered a tale of revenge I m going to go out on a limb and argue that it s not The only notion we have of revenge of the narrator, Montresor, actually being wronged comes in the wonderfully vague opening sentence The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge It s Montresor himself who insists this is a revenge tale, but of course he s the ultimate unreliable narrator, so we shouldn t take him at his word Notice that we get not a single detail concerning any of these injuries or insults Typically you d expect someone plotting revenge to stew over all those little details ad nauseam Instead, we only know that Fortunato is a wine connoisseur and that i n painting and gemmary Fortunato, like his countrymen, was a quack It seems that, at some level, Montresor simply doesn t like Fortunato or perhaps doesn t like all Italians, especially Fortunato and decides to kill him for no other reason than that You also get the sense that Fortunato is successful than the narrator his name, Fortunato, isn t particularly subtle , so perhaps the killing is simply the result of jealousy There s also that wonderful scene where Fortunato makes a Masonic sign, which the narrator doesn t understand and call grotesque , and Montresor replies by producing a trowel from beneath his clothes and saying he s a mason, too A grim joke, but one that points again to the jealousy burning inside him.OK, enough argument The most important point is that this a wonderfully macabre tale that reprises several of Poe s major themes I won t spoil the ending I ll just say that it s a tale that leaves you thinking long after the reading is done Not just thinking, but feeling the damp caverns, the piles of bones, and the ever thickening nitre that hangs like moss upon the vaults. Possibly my favorite Edgar Allen Poe story Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Our narrator Montresor, an Italian nobleman, explains in a suspiciously vague way how his friend Fortunato has mortally offended and insulted him Montresor sets himself on a course of implacable revenge but he wants to do so in a way that Fortunato understands that Montresor is the source of revenge, but without being caught or punished.Montresor and Fortunato meet during a carnival festival which at first seems by chance, but then you find out that Montresor has set up the situation so that all of his servants are gone he told them that he would be out all night, but that they were NOT permitted to leave, and counted on the lure of the carnival to do the rest Montresor tells Fortunato that he has bought a cask of fine Amontillado sherry at full price, but he isn t certain if it s the real thing Fortunato, a connoisseur of old wines, volunteers to taste it.And so the two go Montresor first donning a mask to Montresor s palazzo and then into the depths of its damp catacombs hung with white webs of nitre, Montresor protesting all the time that his friend really shouldn t come, but all the time luring him in like an evil hearted spider The Cask of Amontillado is one of Poe s truly memorable horror stories, a tale of vengeance, and enigmatic and complex than it appeared to me on first read, many years ago Poe, as always, is great at atmosphere and setting It s a tense revenge tale with some black humor, and some interesting ambiguities about guilt There are so many ironic and symbolic details that add depth to the story The irony of Fortunato s name, the supreme madness of the carnival season that echoes the narrator s mental state, the fool costume that Fortunato is wearing at the carnival, and many Montresor could be translated from French as my treasure it leads one to mull over what exactly is the narrator s treasure.Free to read online many places, including here One of my favorite Ray Bradbury stories, Usher II part of his Martian Chronicles story collection is in part a tribute to The Cask of Amontillado. Book Review4 of 5 stars to The Cask of Amontillado, a Gothic short story written in 1846, by Edgar Allan Poe Perhaps one of my favorite of all Poe s works, this literary genius stimulates one of everyone s deepest and scariest fears to be buried alive Though there are several macabre options to consider, in this fantastic tale set in Italy, a man is buried alive behind a brick wall Poe goes to great lengths to describe the process, the emotions and the setting As a reader, you are entranced in the action, caring little about the characters or the reasons why it s happening You read each line in fear, wondering how it will all end What I love about Poe s work is his ability to draw readers into a darkness that permeates all our senses As you read the story, all five of your physical senses react to the vengeance plot he s fabricated from the damp and dank smell of the dirt to the scraping of the mortar against the bricks, your body will twist and turn at the thought of what lengths mankind will when they are angry and hurt.Take a chance on this one it ll give you a great sense of who Poe was both as a writer and as a villainAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by. Have no idea why this is rated so highly It s a story about someone taking revenge but there s nothing particurarly elaborate about the revenge itself The Pit and the Pendulum had at least suspense, good descriptions and ingenuity, but this is basically nothing. I must not only punish but punish with impunity Have you ever thought how revenge could be at its worst Well, Poe with his dark ingenuity gives us a splendid lesson A scary glimpse to the idea of revenge carried with meticulous precision Poe presents us a placid and dark story that is deception at its finestThe thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave utterance to a threat At length I would be avenged this was a point definitely, settled but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk Did Fortunato indeed insulted our narrator For no explanation is given to the cause, the reader just hears the voice of the narrator and his suposed humiliation Would you simply take an insult, or avenge yourself As I was reading along, I wondered is this only a threat, a scare or will the narrator only be satisfied with the inexorable demise But there are omens, if we wish to recognize themA wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong First I read calmly until suddenly the dark climate hit me, and I wondered how did it all comes to that What an atmosphere of foreboding Poe is able to conjure with so few words The scary image of death in progressI continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation The story is placid and dark as starless night sky Deception at its finest interpretation Something you will not see in any other story, as far as I can remember The image of the impetus of death unfolding, a gradual build up to the very end. 9 10Loved the way Poe portrayed this tale of revenge climax was unexpected but left me quite satisfied. The Cask of Amontillado is one of Edgar Allan Poe s darkest tales and loved by people all over the world as it is Gothic horror at its best The narrator, Montresor, opens the story by stating that he has been insulted by his acquaintance, Fortunato, on numerous occasions and he wants to exact revenge However, he wants to do so in a measured way without raising any suspicion He knows that Fortunato is a connoisseur of wine He approaches Fortunato during a carnival wearing a mask of black silk He tells Fortunato that he has bought some wine that could be Amontillado, a light Spanish sherry Fortunato Italian for fortunate wears the multi coloured costume of the court jester, including a cone cap with bells Is the shadow of the ratA sign of soon to come death Montresor is an extremely shrewd person and wants Fortunato to play into his hands, so he tells him that if he is too busy, he will ask a man named Luchesi to taste the wine Fortunato scoffs on hearing this He claims that Luchesi could not differentiate between Amontillado and other types of sherry Fortunato is eager to taste the wine so that he could determine for Montresor whether it is truly Amontillado Fortunato insists that they go to Montresor s vaults So the latter quickly takes the former there He had already told his servants that he would return in the morning and he wanted none of them to leave the house during his absence He knew too well that they would consider this to be an excellent chance to go the carnival, leaving the house all for himself Is this the passage to death How will Montresor take revenge on Fortunato once they are in the underground vaults Or will his conscience get the better of him, making him change his mind at the last minute Will it be Fortunato who will be fortunate enough to read Montresor s mind and make good his escape in the nick of time Read the story and find out yourself.So much to fearDoomsday is near Colour and costume play a major part in this short story Montresor wears a black silk mask A mask acts like a shield covering one s true motives Black is mostly associated with evil, dark and the underworld Silk is smooth which could also allude to a smooth and slippery person The vaults are underground which is pitch black, so they could be easily associated with the underworld where sinister and macabre things take place Fortunato is wearing a multi coloured costume of the court jester Multi coloured could stand for a lively person, which Fortunato is However, court jesters are renowned for their buffoonery and foolishness There is every likelihood that Fortunato might turn out to be a fool and easily lured into Montresor s trap Edgar Allan PoeWith the fab four.Those who want Head for the vault door. Revenge is a dish best served cold.heheheOh No Another carnival, but this time set in 18th century Italy..with a tipsy jester, the connoisseur of fine wine, and a super creepy atmosphere in the pitch black dampness of the catacombs far below where a deadly revenge is put to bed YikesEDGAR ALLAN POE 1846 enjoyed it second time around