At last, after a final plea, “For the love of God, Montresor!
” Fortunato stops answering Montresor, who then twice calls out his enemy’s name.
The two proceed down the ancient corridor when, suddenly, Montresor chains Fortunato to a wall, where he has remained ever since.
The narrator, Montresor, opens the story by stating that he has been irreparably insulted by his acquaintance, Fortunato, and that he seeks revenge.
On the exposed wall is a small recess, where Montresor tells Fortunato that the Amontillado is being stored.
Fortunato, now heavily intoxicated, goes to the back of the recess.
During the carnival season, Montresor, wearing a mask of black silk, approaches Fortunato.
He tells Fortunato that he has acquired something that could pass for Amontillado, a light Spanish sherry.
When Fortunato asks for proof, Montresor shows him his trowel, the implication being that Montresor is an actual stonemason.
Fortunato says that he must be jesting, and the two men continue onward.