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  • It was succeeded by a sad voice, which I had difficulty in recognising as that of the noble Fortunato;
  • It seemed to have been constructed for no especial use in itself, but formed merely the interval between two of the colossal supports of the roof of the catacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite;
  • With these materials and with the aid of my trowel, I began vigorously to wall up the entrance of the niche;
  • We will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo—he!
  • It seemed to have been constructed for no especial use in itself, but formed merely the interval between two of the colossal supports of the roof of the catacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite.

He leaned upon it heavily. We continued our route in search of the Amontillado. We passed through a range of low arches, descended, passed on, and descending again, arrived at a deep crypt, in which the foulness of the air caused our flambeaux rather to glow than flame. At the most remote end of the crypt there appeared another less spacious. Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris.

Three sides of this interior crypt were still ornamented in this manner. From the fourth the bones had been thrown down, and lay promiscuously upon the earth, forming at one point a mound of some size.

Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived a still interior recess, in depth about four feet, in width three, in height six or seven. It seemed to have been constructed for no especial use in itself, but formed merely the interval between two of works cited for the cask of amontillado colossal supports of the roof of the catacombs, and was backed by one of their circumscribing walls of solid granite.

It was in vain that Fortunato, uplifting his dull torch, endeavored to pry into the depths of the recess.

  • Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones;
  • Throwing the links about his waist, it was but the work of a few seconds to secure it.

Its termination the feeble light did not enable us to see. In an instant he had reached the extremity of the niche, and finding his progress arrested by the rock, stood stupidly bewildered.

A moment more and I had fettered him to the granite. In its surface were two iron staples, distant from each other about two feet, horizontally. From one of these depended a short chain, from the other a padlock. Throwing the links about his waist, it was but the work of a few seconds to secure it. He was too much astounded to resist.

Withdrawing the key I stepped back from the recess. Indeed it is very damp.

  1. I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied. In its surface were two iron staples, distant from each other about two feet, horizontally.
  2. There was then a long and obstinate silence.
  3. Unsheathing my rapier, I began to grope with it about the recess.
  4. Throwing the links about his waist, it was but the work of a few seconds to secure it. We will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo—he!

Once more let me implore you to return. Then I must positively leave you. But I must first render you all the little attentions in my power. Throwing them aside, I soon uncovered a quantity of building stone and mortar. With these materials and with the aid of my trowel, I began vigorously to wall up the entrance of the niche. I had scarcely laid the first tier of my masonry when I discovered that the intoxication of Fortunato had in a great measure worn off.

The earliest indication I had of this was a low moaning cry from the depth of the recess. It was not the cry of a drunken man. There was then a long and obstinate silence. I laid the second tier, and the third, and the fourth; and then I heard the furious vibrations of the chain. The noise lasted for several minutes, during which, that I might hearken to it with the more satisfaction, I ceased my labors and sat down upon the bones.

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When at last the clanking subsided, I resumed the trowel, and finished without interruption the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh tier. The wall was now nearly upon a level with my breast. I again paused, and holding the flambeaux over the mason-work, threw a few feeble rays upon the figure within. A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back. For a brief moment I hesitated—I trembled.

Unsheathing my rapier, I began to grope with it about the recess: I placed my hand upon the solid fabric of the catacombs, and felt satisfied. I reapproached the wall. I replied to the yells of him who clamored. I re-echoed—I aided—I surpassed them in volume and in strength. I did this, and the clamorer grew still.

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It was now midnight, and my task was drawing to a close. I had completed the eighth, the ninth, and the tenth tier.

  1. Once more let me implore you to return. A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back.
  2. I had finished a portion of the last and the eleventh; there remained but a single stone to be fitted and plastered in. But is it not getting late?
  3. It was now midnight, and my task was drawing to a close. I again paused, and holding the flambeaux over the mason-work, threw a few feeble rays upon the figure within.
  4. Within the wall thus exposed by the displacing of the bones, we perceived a still interior recess, in depth about four feet, in width three, in height six or seven.

I had finished a portion of the last and the eleventh; there remained but a single stone to be fitted and plastered in. I struggled with its weight; I placed it partially in its destined position. But now there came from out the niche a low laugh that erected the hairs upon my head.

  • With these materials and with the aid of my trowel, I began vigorously to wall up the entrance of the niche;
  • Its walls had been lined with human remains, piled to the vault overhead, in the fashion of the great catacombs of Paris;
  • I had completed the eighth, the ninth, and the tenth tier;
  • Will not they be awaiting us at the palazzo, the Lady Fortunato and the rest?
  • I did this, and the clamorer grew still;
  • A succession of loud and shrill screams, bursting suddenly from the throat of the chained form, seemed to thrust me violently back.

It was succeeded by a sad voice, which I had difficulty in recognising as that of the noble Fortunato. We will have many a rich laugh about it at the palazzo—he!

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But is it not getting late? Will not they be awaiting us at the palazzo, the Lady Fortunato and the rest? Let us be gone.

I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells. My heart grew sick—on account of the dampness of the catacombs. I hastened to make an end of my labor. I forced the last stone into its position; I plastered it up.

Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones. For the half of a century no mortal has disturbed them.