The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.
Rising Action One
My dear Fortunato, you are luckily met. How remarkably well you are looking today. But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado,and I have my doubts.
How? Amontillado, A pipe? Impossible! And in the middle of the carnival!
Rising Action Two
Come we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. Besides, there is Luchresi —
Enough, the cough's a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough.
It's the 17th century in Italy. A man named Fortunato has injured and insulted another man named Montressor. Montressor now wants revenge on Fortunato for his wrongdoings.
He is an ignoramus
Montressor encounters Fortunato at carnival. Fortunato is drunk and dressed as a jester, which symbolizes the fact that Fortunato is being made a fool out of. Montressor tells Fortunato that he has a cask of amontillado that he has acquired from "Luchresi" and he uses him to manipulate Fortunato into coming with him down to his catacombs to see it. Fortunato is skeptical but agrees to go with him.
Ha! ha! ha — he! he! he! — a very good joke, indeed — an excellent jest. We will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo — he! he! he! — over our wine — he! he! he!
Once Montressor and Fortunato are in the catacombs, the nitre makes Fortunato's cold worse. Montressor tries to manipulate Fortunato into going back, but Fortunato insists to keep going. This is ironic beacuse the catacombs symbolize Fortunato's death and the fact that he lead himself into it. Montressor and Fortunato keep going into the depths of the catacombs until they reach a small niche where Montressor claims the amontillado is.
For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them. In pace requiescat!
Montressor tells Fortunato to go into the small niche that he claims the amontillado is in. Fortunato is so worried about Luchresi that he falls for it. Montressor then proceeds to chain Fortunato to the wall.
Proceed, herein is the Amontillado. As for Luchresi —
As Fortunato beings to sober up, he realizes something is happening. He begins to scream and jangle the chains. While this is happening, Montressor starts to build a wall around him. While Montressor is finishing up, Fortunato calls out that he believes this whole thing is a funny joke. This is very ironic because he is actually dying. Fortunato then dies of suffication from the nitre. Montressor calls out his name, but only hears the jingling of the bells in return.
Yes, let us be gone.
Fortunato is dead and nobody has found his body for 50 or more years. The overall theme of the story is that the need for revenge is a strong motivator. The internal conflict is Montressor's need for revenge. Montressor than wishes Fortunato to rest in peace.