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references to the latter's expertise in matters of culture and art, and by offering him more wine. When they reach their destination, both Fortunato and the reader find that the "pipe" of Amontillado was in fact to be Fortunato's final resting-place -- the cask. The depth of Montresor's cruelty and deception then shows itself in the last lines of the story, where he echoes with relish Fortunato's final cries of despair.
The title of Poe's story then reflects Montresor's true intentions, even as the speaker himself does, from the beginning. His actions throughout the story shows him to be a cruel and perhaps even petty man, murdering a so-called friend for a reason no better than an insult. This is also indicative of Montresor's value system and state of mind, which is as dark as the catacombs and the niche in which he eventually buries Fortunato alive. Poe thus succeeds in shocking his readers through his use of the dark and foreboding setting, which is then echoed in the mind and actions of the narrator.
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