Montresor reads the card, “The 9th edition of the Diccionario Castellano Enciclopédico, published in 1891 Paris by Garnier Hermanos, Libreros-Editores reads that Medea is the daughter of Hecate while King Aeëtes, her father, isn’t mentioned at all. Now, it’s 2018, and Wikipedia reads that Medea is the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis, and the granddaughter of Helios, the sun god. My, your priorities have changed, haven’t they? By the way, you were right; it’s been great fun traveling the secret passageways of ancient, fortified structures. I’m so glad you enjoyed the wedding banquet. Thank you for the lovely gift. I’ll always cherish it.”
Needless to say, Montresor is familiar with the author, but that’s the least of his worries as he begins to doubt whether or not he’s ever been truly respected, admired, beloved. He knows for a fact he suffers from melancholy. Immediately, he senses he’s being observed, which makes him terribly uncomfortable; however, when it occurs to him that Fortunato might be judging him, he’s vexed, “How dare he! Who does he think he is?” Montresor avoids catching a glimpse of his reflection in the kettle as he takes his afternoon tea. Instead, he hides in his bedroom closet with the lights off and the door locked. “If only I could bury myself behind the wall!” he mutters, “I’d find that Fortunato and I’d strangle the life out of him once and for all!” In a flash, he jumps out and heads off with a sledgehammer to the catacomb where he buried alive the object of his envy. Montresor doesn’t feel guilt or remorse. He’s shameless, hence, he’s remains the same. Believe it or not, this invigorates him! So, as he bashes down the wall, brick by brick, he admits that if Fortunato really had insulted him, Montresor would’ve presented his evidence instead of merely mocking him.
Montresor is empowered by his irreverence for everything and everyone else. He holds himself in the highest esteem, which is why it pains him to his very core when others refuse to be enchanted by him. Well, imagine Montresor’s shock when he finds Fortunato’s chained skeleton shooting him the bird! Montresor yanks out Fortunato’s remains, throws them on the ground, stomps on them while cursing Fortunato, quickly admitting his sadistic crime for anyone within earshot to hear, including Detective Sherry who’s been surveilling Montresor for this cold case, in addition to other felonies and misdemeanors. Long story short, Montresor promised to appear in court and then absconded.