During the Carnival in Italy, Montresor runs into Fortunato, and offers to share a nice bottle of wine. However, the bottle is in the catacombs. It is late at night and Fortunato seems ill.
Montresor says Fortunato has badly insulted him and it was unforgivable. He is angry and is planning to get revenge.
Montresor and Fortunato head into the cellar. Soon, Fortunato begins to cough, Montresor gives him some wine to help and offers that he doesn't have to do it. Fortunato refuses and says he'll be fine. Fortunato continues to drink wine to ease his cough.