The Cask of Amontillado
"The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado") is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. The story is set in a nameless Italian city in an unspecified year (possibly sometime during the eighteenth century) and concerns the deadly revenge taken by the narrator on a friend who he claims 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. (From feedbooks.com)
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The Cask of Amontillado
Though we are only one paragraph into the story, it is clear that the theme of this story is
Gemmary is the scientific knowledge of gems.
Amontillado is a type of Spanish wine.
Who is pushing to go to the speaker's vaults and taste wine, Fortunato or the speaker?
Catacombs are human-made subterranean passageways where the dead are buried. Often skeletons can be seen in the walls of catacombs. (This annotation contains an image)
A flambeaux is a torch, and acts as a lamp by which to see. (This annotation contains an image)
This line tells us that Fortunato is drunk.
Medoc is a French wine.
This means "No one insults me with impunity."
The speaker and his friend Fortunato are going deeper into the catacombs, among dead bodies, and presumably further away from the living. This literal movement also has figurative significance. In your own words, please explain what figurative "movement" is going on as they descend.
Masonry is secret society and a kind of fraternity, which is why Fortunato refers to it as "the brotherhood." It is also the building of structures from individual units laid in and bound together. Both of these definitions are significant to this story.
A trowel is a shovel.
This photo shows a small area in the large network of catacombs in Paris. (This annotation contains an image)
The events of this paragraph happen very quickly; you may need to go back and re-read this passage to make sure you know what happened.
What is the speaker doing to Fortunato?
The Cask of Amontillado Quiz
Immurement is a form of execution where a person is walled up within a building and left to die from starvation or dehydration. Please use this word in a sentence of your own.
"In pace requiescat" means "rest in peace."