Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

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Flattery Will Get You Everywhere; Even Murdered The Cask of Amontillado leaves no doubt that Poe is the master of the psychological thriller as he allows the demented Montresor to settle his score with Fortunato. Monstresor begins by weaving his web with false flattery and playing on the vanity of Fortunato. Upon meeting him, he complements him on how “remarkably well” he is looking and then further sets his trap by saying: “… and I was silly enough to pay the full Amontillado price without consulting you in the matter.” By this singular statement Montresor has said that he may have made a mistake and is looking to the knowledgeable Fortunato to help him allay his fears. What better lure than to ask someone to use their superior knowledge
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