A man with a vendetta against Fortunato because of an unexplained wrong Fortunato committed against him long ago. The narrator goes to great lengths of manipulation to secure his revenge, showing cunning and intelligence. But the undescribed original wrong, and the narrator's frantic effort to get Fortunato to react in some way as he walls him into a living tomb, raises questions about the narrator's motives, and whether there was even an original wrong in the first place.
Narrator (The Cask of Amontillado) Quotes in Poe's Stories
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The Cask of Amontillado Quotes
I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong.
Narrator (The Cask of Amontillado) Character Timeline in Poe's Stories
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The Cask of Amontillado
...show up foreigners, but Fortunato’s appreciation for Italian vintages is sincere. This is an interest the narrator of "Amontillado" shares. And suitably, it was in a drunken state that Fortunato appeared to the narrator,... (full context)