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What happened before the story in “The Cask of Amontillado?”
I and Fortunato were two kids of the two neighboring families and
the parents of these families were good friends as well. We used to
go to school together, play together, and almost every
extracurricular activity together. Time spent and we became two
fully grown up young men. Left our parents’ homes to prove the
skills and talent we had and started living in the town at parallel but
still me and Fortunato used to meet and spend time with one
another. I was a well-off guy with good savings from my work and
had enough to spend good time but I was a bulky and fat person
which was sometimes a reason for embarrassment in front of others.
I never mentioned or expressed it but sometimes I used to feel upset
when alone. Fortunato was a smart and handsome person but had
sometimes let me to realize my fatness which was again not felt
badly by me. Time flown and we became adults and still used to sit
and have fun in the bars. We used to drink a lot whether alone or
accompanied one another. I once asked Fortunato,
“Do you feel pride when people praise your handsome personality”,
“Yes, indeed!” exclaimed by Fortunato.
This was the moment where I could say something about my sad
and frustrated feelings when I was made realized by the people as
well that I was an overweight but I stopped myself mysteriously and
went on with no expressions vocally or physically. This was the
strength of my nerves that held under control.
Parallel to my physical appearance, Fortunato was a little jealous
from my goodwill and prestige in the community and the wine
market where we used to sit together.
Fortunato used to find the chances where he could prove me wrong
or let me feel inferior to Fortunato. Both of us were bibulous most
of the day which used to ignite the gossips to the extent of superior/
inferior blame games.