“I drink,” he said, “to the buried that repose around us.”
“And I to your long life.”
In Edgar Allen Poe’s, The Cask of Amontillado, one man takes revenge on another in a horrific manner. The main character, our narrator, is a member of the Montresor family. In the first paragraph of this story, the narrator mentions bearing many injures from the character Fortunato, but only when Fortunato insulted the narrator did the narrator vow for vengeance. After luring a drunk Fortunato into catacombs that our narrator uses as a wine cellar and chaining him to the wall of a small alcove, the narrator proceeds to brick up the entrée to the alcove, and there by burying Fortunato alive.
I find it ironic that Fortuanto drinks to the dead that surround them in the cellar, because she doesn’t know it but he will soon be joining them. The line “And I to your long life.” has an ironic connotation to it as well, because the narrator is going to kill Fortunato yet drinks to his long life.
I also find the part in the story were Fortunato brings up the Masons. He is trying to say that he is one of the Freemasons to show off when in fact he is no a freemason, but our narrator pulls out a trowel to show that he is a mason, a wall builder. This is foreshadowing how he is going to kill Fortunato.