Kelsey Hutchins The Cask of Amontillado: Edgar Allan Poe Exposition
At a carnival in Italy, Montresor bumps into Fortunato. He offers to share a very expensive, nice bottle of Amontillado wine with him. Although, he tells Fortunato that in order to get to the wine, he has to go to his catacombs. At the time, it was very late and Furturnato seemed ill.
Monteresor claims that Fortunato has insulted him, as well as embarrassed him, and is plotting to get his revenge. Montresor also tells us "I must not only punish, but punish with impunity." Although the narrator doesn't tell us what Fortunato has done, we can infer that it was something unforgivable.
Montresor lures Fortunato down into the dark eerie wine vault. As suspense builds, Montressor keeps asking if Fortunato would like to turn back because he seems ill. Fortunato feels as if the wine is helping, so he continues to drink the wine to ease his cough.
When they reach their destination, there is no Amontilado, but there is a hole in the wall. Montresor shackles Fortunto inside and begins to seal up the wall with bricks. At first fortunato starts to laugh because he thought it was a joke but it was Montressors plan the whole time.
As the last few bricks are laid, Fortunoto screams for Montressor to stop, but its to late. Montressor has enacted his revenge. Fortunato soon figures out it was a plan all along.
Montressor walks away with only the sound of Fortunato's jingling jester balls echoing in the tomb. He replaves the bones of the crypt. In the end, he claims that no one has disturbed them for 50 years and he has gotten away with his plot.