The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Cask of Amontillado Foolishness and Folly Quotes
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“Let us go, nevertheless. The cold is merely nothing. Amontillado!” (24)
This is good evidence that Fortunato is foolish. He is sick and should really be in bed, not down in the, ahem, wine cellar. But, what if Fortunato thinks Amontillado can cure his illness? That would explain why he’s so fixated on it.
“You jest,” he exclaimed, recoiling a few paces. “But let us proceed to the Amontillado.” (68)
This is right after Montresor shows him the trowel. Fortunato actually feels fear for a moment, but then he foolishly casts aside his instincts.
Will not they be awaiting us at the palazzo, the Lady Fortunato and the rest? Let us be gone.” (83)
Fortunato himself must feel very foolish saying this. All that is dear to him flashes before his eyes. The Amontillado loses its charm. Does this indicate that he has gained wisdom by the end of the story?