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Planned Vengeance An average of over 23 million crimes are committed each year of those about 13 go unsolved and of that 13 4 are homicides Sometimes these crimes go unsolved due to lack of evidence and sometimes like in a story I have read because there is no body to be found In the short story The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe The character Montresor is a very coldly calculating individual To begin with when first introduced he is talking he is talking about his plans to get revenge on Fortunado for insulting him At length I would be revenged this was a point definitively settled but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk I must not only punish but punish with impunity A wrong is unredressed when retribution over takes its redresser It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong 77 In this passage Montresor is telling the audience that he plans to get revenge on Fortunado but with no risk of being caught or punished for his vengeance Then when he encounters Fortunado in town accidentally on his way to see Luchesi He does it on purpose Baiting Fortunado by saying that Luchesi is just as good a wine connoisseur as he is and that he need not trouble himself with going to Montresors house to test the Amontillado His words to Fortunado were as follows As you are engaged I am on my way to Luchesi id anyone has a critical turn it is he He will tell me-Luchesi cannot tell amontillado from sherry And yet some fools would have it that his taste is a match for your own78-79 In this part of the story he is using reverse psychology by saying one thing and meaning another to get Fortunado to come with him of his own
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