The Cask of Amontillado is a short story chronicling the gruesome revenge of one man, Montresor, on another, Fortunato. Compelled by perceived slights, Montresor tempts the drunken Fortunato into his basement with the promise of the titular wine, an exquisite vintage. There he chains him to a wall and bricks him up within it, immuring him. The story handles themes of revenge, lack of empathy, cruelty, and the ability to live in a state of guilt represented by Montresor's getting away with his crime.

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