It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend. He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much. The man wore motley. He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells. I was so pleased to see him, that I thought I should never have done wringing his hand.
Originally published in Godey’s Lady’s Book in November 1846, The Cask of Amontillado is set in nineteenth-century Italy and concerns the deadly revenge taken by the insane narrator on a friend who he claims has insulted him. Like several of Poe’s stories—and in keeping with the nineteenth-century fascination with the subject—the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive.
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