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Authors

Fred Abrams

Abstract

In Poe's awesome tale of vengeance, the narrator Montresor reveals to the reader the circumstances which prompted him to commit a perfect crime 50 years before: "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge." On the pretext of having Fortunato sample some newly acquired Amontillado, Montresor had enticed him into the vaults beneath his castle. There the inebriated Fortunato was taken by surprise, chained into a crypt, and and walled up alive with mortar and stone. Poe, a clever punster, scattered many puns throughout his tales. Following Poe's lead, we have created 25 puns based on "The Cask of Amontillado." Can you solve them by "trowel and error"?

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