Montressor Called Fortunato over. This was the beginning of his big scheme. The night he chose was no joke, as he knew Fortunato would be drunk. As Montressor states himself, ".. for he had been drinking much."(Poe 4). He then lures Fortunato into the cave by telling him he has Amontillado.
As it turns out, Fortunato is not just drunk. He is being affected by a cold as well. The nitre in the cave takes an affect on Fortunato's health. As Montressor recalls, "My poor friend found it impossible to reply for many minutes." (Poe 33).
Montressor and Fortunato take a minute and stop. But meanwhile, they pass back and forth a drink. Montressor begins to feel the effects himself. But you can clearly see Fortunato in the worse position with the observation, "The wine sparkled in his eyes..." (Poe 51).
Right when Fortunato got to the deepest point in the niche, Montressor "...fettered him to the granite." (Poe 71). Essentially, Montressor had just wanted to get revenge the whole time. He chained Fortunato to the wall permanently. Then, Montressor began to block off the wall.
Fortunato went a little bit crazy, Montressor remembered hearing "A succession of loud and shrill screams..." (Poe 77). Montressor covered up the rest of the wall, and left one empty space. Freaked out and perhaps filled with a small amount of guilt, Montressor called out for Fortunato through the hole. When he got no response, Montressor finished off the job and left the catacombs.
Montressor finally left the catacombs. He covered the wall back up with bones. Nobody ever questioned what had happened, and nobody disturbed the catacombs. Then we are left with Montressors final statement, "In pace requiescat!" (Poe 89).