Montresor tells this story about the day he took his revenge on Fortunato, a fellow nobleman, after years of insult. He plots to murder his friend during carnival when the man is drunk and wearing a jester’s motley.
The story takes place at dusk in the streets of a nameless Italian city, around the 18th century, during the supreme madness of the carnival season .
Montresor is in route to see a friend, seeking advice and verification of a recently purchased wine. He sees Fortunato and starts to discuss his recent purchase of Amontillado, baiting Fortunato by questioning the wine’s authenticity and his capability to determine this. Fortunato insists that Montresor let him verify the wine, which is kept in the Montresor’s family estate, deep in its catacombs. Fortunato accompanies Montresor to his family’s wine cellar to retrieve and sample the wine.
Montresor comes from a great and noble tribe and seeks justice from Fortunato for years of insult. He is vengeful and demands retribution for Fortunato’s impunities. Fortunato is dressed for carnival, in a tight fitting party-type dress and mounted on his head is a cone shaped hat decorated with bells that jingle. He has been drinking heavily and is jovial in seeing Montresor. Also a noble man and a connoisseur of vintage, Fortunato is insistent in accompanying Montresor to the Amontillado. Afflicted with cold; he is eager to verify such a purchase and Montresor plans to take advantage of Fortunato’s righteousness and love for wine. A false friendship has developed with Fortunato over the years but only Montresor knows this truth.
Montresor discusses his concerns for the Amontillado he has recently purchased, and questioning its authenticity wants an expert opinion. Upon hearing of this, Fortunato agrees to go with Montresor to his estate, eager to taste the wine, all the while boasting drunkenly.
Upon entering the wine cellar and traveling down through the catacombs of the estate beneath the...