| Quote #1
[…] but in the matter of old wines he was sincere. In this respect I did not differ from him materially: I was skilful in the Italian vintages myself […]. (5)
Does this just mean that they are both a bunch of drunks? Montresor’s statement about Fortunato does seem to prove true. Fortunato is sure sincere about trying to get his hands on some Amontillado. So sincere it costs him his life.
| Quote #2
“How?” said he. “Amontillado? A pipe? Impossible! And in the middle of the carnival!” (8)
It’s not really clear why Fortunato thinks it’s so impossible. Perhaps he’s just saying this to try to convince Montresor that he needs Fortunato’s expert opinion to tell him if the Amontillado is authentic. If he really doubted the possibility of Montresor’s Amontillado acquisition, he probably wouldn’t have gone with Montresor.
| Quote #3
The wine sparkled in his eyes and the bells jingled. My own fancy grew warm with the Medoc. (53)
This passage suggests that the wine is giving both men courage and a sense of elation. While it seems to make Fortunato let down his guard, the wine appears to make Montresor more alert and aware.