The 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 I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled—but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved, precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.
He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much. The man wore motley. He had on a tight fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells. I was so pleased to see him, that I thought I should never have done wringing his hand. I said to him: “My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking today!
“Come, let us go.” “Whither?” “To your vaults.” “My friend, no; I will not impose upon your good nature. I perceive you have an engagement. Luchesi—” “I have no engagement;—come.” “My friend, no. It is not the engagement, but the severe cold with which I perceive you are afflicted. The vaults are insufferably damp. They are encrusted with niter.” “Let us go, nevertheless. The cold is merely nothing.”
He had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered. I had fettered him to the granite. In its surface were two iron staples, distant from each other about two feet, horizontally. One of these depended a short chain, from the other a padlock. Throwing the links about his waist, it was the work of a few seconds to secure it. He was too drunk to resist. Withdrawing the key I stepped back from the recess.
“Montresor! Ha-ha. This is a very good joke, indeed. Many times will we laugh about it — ha-ha — as we drink our wine together — ha-ha.” “Of course. As we drink the Amontillado.” “But is it not late? Should we not be going back? They will be expecting us. Let us go.” “Yes. Let us go.” As I said this I lifted the last stone from the ground. “Montresor! For the love of God!!” “Yes. For the love of God!”