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The Cask of Amontillado

Edgar Allan Poe

Book Overview: 

"The Cask of Amontillado" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
The story is set in a nameless Italian city in an unspecified year and is about the narrator's deadly revenge on a friend whom he believes has insulted him. Like several of Poe's stories, and in keeping with the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive—in this case, by immurement. (summary by wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I encountered my friend. 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 to-day! But I have received a pipe of what passes for Amontillado, and I have my doubts."

"How?" said he. "Amontillado? A pipe? Impossible! And in the middle of the carnival!"

"I have my doubts," I replied; "and I was silly enough to pay the full Amontillado price without consulting you in the matter. You were not to be found, and I was fearful of losing a bargain."


"I have my doubts."


"And I must satisfy them."

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Community Reviews

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe is a classic tale of revenge. Since there are dozens of posts here, my review will take a particular slant: what German pessimistic philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer has to say about the psychology of revenge and how the revengeful narrator in Poe’s tale rela

An efficacious story on “revenge with impunity” and “premature burial”. For me, it is a perfect “story of VANITY!”. A revenge which laid hidden for half-a-century, and is revealed to the readers by the redresser & narrator (the main character), Montresor.

We as a reader turn into a confidant, to his

Una historia de vinos. Una historia de soberbia y traición. Una historia de venganza y muerte.

A story of wines. A story of pride and betrayal. A story of revenge and death.

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

A short piece of writing and the story was strange. But it possessed some dark, creepy, morbid ideas, which might be distressing for some readers. Mainly, It's a short tale about hatred. And that story showed the darkest side of humankind. However, I had to

لا يحمل الحقد من تعلو به الرتب *
*و لا ينال العلا من طبعه الغضب

ما بين الحقد و الانتقام يؤرجحنا ادجار بقسوة شديدة في احدى اقوى قصص الدفن حيا و اكثرها رمزية

مونترسور رواي القصة يحكى لنا قصة انتقامه الاخير من فورتناتو صديقه الثري خبير النبيذ الذي اهانه مرارا
و من اسمه ندرك كم ان "فورتناتو "موفق و مثير

”A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the
throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back. For a
brief moment I hesitated--I trembled. Unsheathing my rapier, I began
to grope with it about the recess; but the thought of an instant
reassured me. I placed my hand

Typically this is considered a tale of revenge. I'm going to go out on a limb and argue that it's not. The only notion we have of revenge--of the narrator, Montresor, actually being wronged--comes in the wonderfully vague opening sentence: "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best co

Possibly my favorite Edgar Allen Poe story! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Our narrator Montresor, an Italian nobleman, explains ― in a suspiciously vague way ― how his friend Fortunato has mortally offended and insulted him. Montresor sets himself on a course of implacable revenge

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