I hope my brother likes me.
He has promised me a tour of Alvear’s winery in Montilla, Spain, this summer. But if I’ve learned anything from literature (and I probably haven’t) then I need to be sure I haven’t insulted him gravely – recently.
The Cask of Amontillado is a great short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It is a story of revenge and murder – set in Spain – with a Cask of Amontillado as the bait. You may recall that Amontillado is not Sherry, but it’s darn close ( read Amontillado – Surely that’s a Sherry).
The story begins, “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” Oh Edgar Allan, I think you know that the only thing more frightening than a raven is revenge.
To make a short story short – Fortunato’s pride in his ability to tell Amontillado from Sherry is the bait and his downfall. He ends up intoxicated and bricked into a wall in the depths of the wine caves. I supposed in a very real way the bricks are his downfall.
There are several lessons from this story:
1. Don’t be sure you know everything about wine.
2. Don’t drink too much on a wine tour.
3. Fortunato is an ironic name (not bad for a PE teacher).
4. The saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is just stupid. Look what happened to Fortunato.