During the carnival in Italy, Montresor runs into Fortunato and offers to share a nice bottle of wine. However, this bottle of wine is in his catacombs. It is late at night and Fortunato seems ill.
Montresor takes Fortunato to his catacombs, but Fortunato starts coughing really bad. Montresor tells him that he should go back and he tells him that he will get Luchesi. Fortunato hates Luchesi, so he agrees to go down to the catacombs.
Montresor gives Fortunato a bottle of alcohol to help his cough when he really wanted to keep him drunk.