The Cask of Amontillado

  • The Cask of Amontillado

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    The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.

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  • You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat.

  • At length I would be avenged;

  • this was a point definitely settled—

  • but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved, precluded the idea of risk.

  • I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.

  • A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser.

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    It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.

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  • It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will.

  • I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.

  • He had a weak point—

  • this Fortunato—

  • although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared.

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    He prided himself on his connoisseurship in wine.

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  • Few Italians have the true virtuoso spirit.

  • For the most part their enthusiasm is adopted to suit the time and opportunity—

  • to practise imposture upon the British and Austrian millionaires.

  • In painting and gemmary, Fortunato, like his countrymen, was a quack—

  • but in the matter of old wines he was sincere.