The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado

by Edgar Allan Poe


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The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. The story, set in an unnamed Italian city at carnival time in an unspecified year, is about a man taking fatal revenge on a friend who, 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. As in "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart", Poe conveys the story from the murderer's perspective.


The story's narrator, Montresor, tells an unspecified person, who knows him very well, of the day he took his revenge on Fortunato (Italian for "the fortunate one"), a fellow nobleman. Angry over numerous injuries and some unspecified insult, Montresor plots to murder his "friend" during Carnival, while the man is drunk, dizzy, and wearing a jester's motley.

Montresor lures Fortunato into a private wine-tasting excursion by telling him he has obtained a pipe (about 130 gallons, 492 litres) of what he believes to be a rare vintage of Amontillado. He proposes obtaining confirmation of the pipe's contents by inviting a fellow wine aficionado, Luchesi, for a private tasting. Montresor knows Fortunato will not be able to resist demonstrating his discerning palate for wine and will insist that he taste the amontillado rather than Luchesi who, as he claims, "cannot tell Amontillado from Sherry".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537068312
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2016
Pages: 30
Sales rank: 236,325
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.06(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Edgar Allan Poe was an American poet, short story writer, playwright, editor, critic, essayist and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of the macabre and mystery, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction and crime fiction. He is also credited with contributing to the emergent science fiction genre.Poe died at the age of 40. The cause of his death is undetermined and has been attributed to alcohol, drugs, cholera, rabies, suicide (although likely to be mistaken with his suicide attempt in the previous year), tuberculosis, heart disease, brain congestion and other agents.

Other Books of Author:
• The Tell-Tale Heart (1843)
• The Raven (1845)
• The Fall of the House of Usher (1839)
• The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)
• The Pit and the Pendulum (1842)
• Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (1840)
• The Cask of Amontillado (1846)
• The Masque of the Red Death (1842)
• The Purloined Letter (1844)
• A Descent into the Maelström (1841)

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Cask of Amontillado 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HIS VOCABULARY RANGE IS HUGE!!!! But the story is good overall. I would recommend this to talented readers with good vocabulary, otherwise you would literally need a dictionary to help you! I am a fairly advanced reader, but I needed a dictionary to aid me due to his strong vocabulary. Like I said, this book is thrilling as well as challenging.
raggedtig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This particular piece I studied a few times in school and found something new each time I read it. It sneaks up on you and leaves a chill running down your spine. It kinda gives me that New Orleans Mardi Gras feeling with the description of the costumes and all. I love Poe's work. Great book.
tbergmeier769 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A man was affended by a man who had a taste for wine. So this man said he bought a cask of amontillado and the man told the one who had a taste for it that he had it. The affender decided to have some even though he was already drunk. So they when to the wine seller when the amontillado was. The affended man lead the affender to a room and locked him up and covered the opening with bricks. The affended got his revenge.
breilly147 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Cask of Amontillado" is a story about a man named Montresor who was offended or insulted by another man named Fortunado. As a result, Montresor plans his revenge. He buys some fine wine and invites Fortunado, who is drunk at the time, to have a taste of it in Montresors basement. Fortunado goes, and ends up getting trapped in the basement because Montresor builds a brick wall around him.
cdougherty221 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorites this year because of it's mystery and how it was told. I thought it was written perfectly so you didn't know the full truth. It kind of made you decide who was bad aand who was good. The narrator made it seem like the murderer was crazy. It seemed like he killed the other guy for no reason.
mholstein892 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poe did a good job making the story interesting. After Montresor is insulted by his good friend Fortunato he is upset. The narrator was untruthful and never did tell you what Fortunato said to make Montresor so mad. The story picks up where Montresor is planning his revenge on Fortunato. Later Montresor intoxicates Fortunato and builds stone walls around Fortunato leaving him to die.
jnilius823 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are two men at a party. Fortunado is drunk and his acquaintence, Montressor, lures his away by asking him to sample a special cask of wine. He takes Fortunado to the catacombs. There he chains him to a wall, so that he will slowly starve to death. The reason Montressor does this is because Fortunado had insulted him; so to get revenge he kills him.
ssmith475 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i thought this book as like all of edgar allans poes books. It was a little confusing and hard to understand. Some of the names of the character also got a little confusing. the endeing of this book left you in suspense it didnt really tell you want happened.
tfranzen229 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Montresor is insulted by his friend Fortunato, and he is upset. The narrator never said what Fortunato said to make Montresor angry. Then Montresor plans his revenge on Fortunato. Later Montresor poisioned Fortunato and builds stone walls around Fortunato leaving him to die.
estrottmann354 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is about a man who is wronged by another, and wants revenge. The man who wronged him is a wine connoisseur, so he tells him that he has a cask of wine that he bought cheaply. He tells him he wants to know if it is really Amontillado, but if he is busy, he will ask someone else. The connoiseur wants to test it, however, and follows him into the catacombs. The man takes im to the back, and he is never heard from again.
ejarecki717 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i thought it was a good scare. but it needed more detail for some things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A new tom walks in. ((Just came up with a cool name, I know its only supposed to be Ashclaw or somethin.))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is one of my favorite books. Im in the ninth grade and fourteen but a very advanced reader abd i got this story pretty quickly. After my english class read the story, me and a couple if my best friends decided to create a short film based on the story. We are still currently in the scripting phase but its gonna rock :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only in the 10th grade his vocabulary usage is very unique but i understood almost all of it.....i only sug. this book for advanced readers because then you wounldnt understand most of his reasons for doining some of the things he does,he uses a lot of reverse sociology
Gina Smith More than 1 year ago
I really had to read this for school
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Felix_Constantine More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, but it seems that some of your reviews are incorrect, and I felt that I should aid the story. Getting to the point, here is my review of the story:

Montroser, being the torturer of Fortunato, who is the drunken man celebrating a holiday around March, closely relating to Mardis Gras. Montroser tricks the drunken man into going into his vaults to taste some of the "amontillado"- a fine wine, which he bought from Fortunato's rivaling connoisseur of wines, Luchesi. Whilst down there, Montroser keeps reminding Fortunato of the niter, and warns him that they shouldn't be down in the vaults. Passing through a catacomb, they appeared at a section of the vaults, and they shared a glass of an extremely strong wine. Making Fortunato yet even more intoxicated, Montroser and Fortunato went on. They reached the end and Fortunato tells him to go look around, that he will get the amontillado, which never existed in the first place. He then binds Fortunato into chains on the wall of the vaults, and walks away, beginning to brick up the small passage where Fortunato is chained to the wall. Hearing the man's screams for a long while, and then it suddenly going quiet had startled Montroser, yet he kept going. Montroser was three-quarters of the way done when Fortunato became quiet, and no sounds could be heard. Figuring the man had passed, he found himself coming close to being done, and then Fortunato laughs hysterically, and Montroser puts the last brick in, leaving Fortunato to die. While he walking away, Montroser felt a pang of remorse for leaving Fortunato to die, and carried on walking.

You later find the narrator's name (Montroser), and that it is he who did this, and has finally revealed it after five decades of it being unknown and hidden.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is all about revenge. That is what it's interesting about this book. Not only that, this book is written by one of the best in literature, EDGAR ALLAN POE. I recommend this book to people that wants revenge for anyone. This book has a connection with my life.I think it has connections with everybody, for everyone, i believe, have wished revenge to other peoples.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fascinating in its theme and masterful in its tightly woven symbolism and contrast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cast of A... was outstanding book and i highly recomend it. The psycology used by the one charachter is outstanding. What makes this novel quite scary is that it could actually Happen....
Guest More than 1 year ago
its one of the best demented stories ever!!its truely a must reader. Raven yes that is really my name!