A character in Edgar Allen Poe
's famous story "The Cask of Ammontillado," he believes that his rival, Fortunato
, has wronged him horribly, and sets about to take his revenge deep within his wine cellars. As he descends, the feeling of death increases
, finally growing to its culmination
"Ha! ha! ha!--he! he!--a very good joke indeed--an excellent jest.
We will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo--he! he! he!--
over our wine--he! he! he!"
"The Amontillado!" I said.
"He! he! he!--he! he! he!--yes, the Amontillado. But it is not getting
late? Will not they be awaiting us at the palazzo, the Lady Fortunato
and the rest? Let us be gone."
"Yes," I said, "let us be gone."
"For the love of God, Montresor!"
"Yes," I said, "for the love of God!"
But to these words I hearkened in vain for a reply. I grew impatient. I
No answer. I called again:
No answer still. I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and
let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells.
- From "The Cask of Ammontillado"