Method to the Madness – NYTimes.com

Method to the Madness - NYTimes.com

In his tales of Gothic horror, Edgar Allan Poe gave the world a fine collection of neurotics, paranoids and psychopaths. But none are quite as deranged as the narrator of “The Cask of Amontillado.” His name is Montresor, and his story opens with a threat: “The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.” What a wealth of pathology is revealed in these words; it becomes immediately clear that the “thousand injuries” Montresor mentions are less harmful to him than the “insult” he claims to have suffered.

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