Montresor responds that his family shield portrays “a huge human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel.” The motto, in Latin, is “nemo me impune lacessit,” that is, “no one attacks me with impunity.” Later in their journey, Fortunato makes a hand movement that is a secret sign of the Masons, an exclusive fraternal organization.
Montresor does not recognize this hand signal, though he claims that he is a Mason.
Fortunato screams confusedly as Montresor builds the first layer of the wall.
The alcohol soon wears off and Fortunato moans, terrified and helpless.
Montresor doesn’t like Fortunato on account of the thousands of injuries he has caused, injuries that he bears magnanimously (yes, that’s sarcasm), but when Fortunato resorts to insult, Montresor vows revenge, a revenge which excludes punishment and a revenge which makes Fortunato completely aware of who’s getting the revenge.
It’s Carnival in Italy and good wine is at a premium.
Fortunato insists that they go to Montresor’s vaults.
Montresor has strategically planned for this meeting by sending his servants away to the carnival.
As the layers continue to rise, though, Fortunato falls silent.
Just as Montresor is about to finish, Fortunato laughs as if Montresor is playing a joke on him, but Montresor is not joking.