is no matter. We
will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. Besides,
there is Luchesi--"
"Enough," he said; "the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me.
I shall not die of a cough."
"True--true," I replied; "and, indeed, I had no intention of alarming
you unnecessarily--but you should use all proper caution. A draught of
this Medoc will defend us from the damps."
Here I knocked off the neck of a bottle which I drew from a long row of
its fellows that lay upon the mould.
"Drink," I said, presenting him the wine.
He raised it to his lips with a leer. He paused and nodded to me
familiarly, while his bells jingled.
"I drink," he said, "to the buried that repose around us."
"And I to your long life."
He again took my arm, and we proceeded.
"These vaults," he said, "are extensive."
"The Montresors," I replied, "were a great and numerous family."
"I forget your arms."
"A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent
rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel."
"And the motto?"
"_Nemo me impune lacessit_."
"Good!" he said.
The wine sparkled in his eyes and the bells jingled. My own fancy grew
warm with the Medoc. We had passed through walls of piled bones, with
casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of
catacombs. I paused again, and this time I made bold to seize
Fortunato by an arm above the elbow.
"The nitre!" I said; "see, it increases. It hangs like moss upon the
vaults. We are below the river's bed. The drops of moisture trickle
among the bones. Come, we will go back ere it is too late. Your
"It is nothing," he said; "let us go on. But first, another draught of
I broke and reached him a flagon of De Grave. He emptied it at a
breath. His eyes flashed with a fierce light. He laughed and threw
the bottle upwards with a gesticulation I did not understand.
I looked at him in surprise. He repeated the movement--a grotesque one.
"You do not comprehend?" he said.
"Not I," I replied.
"Then you are not of the brotherhood."
"You are not of the masons."
"Yes, yes," I said; "yes, yes."
"You? Impossible! A mason?"
"A mason," I replied.
"A sign," he said, "a sign."
"It is this," I answered, producing a trowel from beneath the folds of
"You jest," he exclaimed, recoiling a few paces. "But let us proceed
The most probable story is that he had been drugged by political workers, imprisoned in a "coop" with similar victims, and used as a repeater , this procedure being a common one at the time.Page 13
"Hop Frog" and "The Cask of Amontillado" are old-world stories of revenge.Page 23
glass; No swellings tell that winds may be Upon some far-off happier sea; No heavings hint that winds have been 40 On seas less hideously serene! But lo, a stir is in the air! The wave--there is a movement there! As if the towers had thrust aside, In slightly sinking, the dull tide; 45 As if their tops had feebly given A void within the filmy Heaven! The waves have now a redder glow, The hours are breathing faint and low; And when, amid no earthly moans, 50 Down, down that town shall settle hence, Hell, rising from a thousand thrones, Shall do it reverence.Page 27
Now, when storms of fate o'ercast Darkly my Present and my Past, 10 Let my Future radiant shine With sweet hopes of thee and thine! TO ONE IN PARADISE Thou wast all that to me, love, For which my soul did pine: A green isle in the sea, love, A fountain and a shrine All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers, 5 .Page 29
5 Thy grace, thy more than beauty, Shall be an endless theme of praise, And love--a simple duty.Page 80
At length, my schemes being ripe, I met him (with the full intention that this meeting should be final and decisive) at the chambers of a fellow-commoner (Mr.Page 83
_I fled in vain.Page 90
" In regard to the depth of the water, I could not see how this could have been ascertained at all in the immediate vicinity of the vortex.Page 93
without accident; although at times my heart has been in my mouth when we happened to be a minute or so behind or before the slack.Page 94
The oldest seaman in Norway never experienced anything like it.Page 96
Her starboard side was next the whirl, and on the larboard arose the world of ocean.Page 117
When we reached this tree, Legrand turned to Jupiter, and asked him if he thought he could climb it.Page 120
Legrand immediately took the scythe, and cleared with it a circular space, three or four yards in diameter, just beneath the insect, and, having accomplished this, ordered Jupiter to let go the string and come down from the tree.Page 135
"Referring, now, to the beginning of the cryptograph, we find the combination, 53â¡â¡â , "Translating as before, we obtain good, which assures us that the first letter is _A_, and that the first two words are 'A good.Page 136
" "But how was it possible to effect this?" "I reflected that it had been a _point_ with the writer to run his words together without division, so as to increase the difficulty of solution.Page 140
We gave him a hearty welcome; for there was nearly half as much of the entertaining as of the contemptible about the man, and we had not seen him for several years.Page 152
" "The material world," continued Dupin, "abounds with very strict analogies to the immaterial; and thus some color of truth has been given to the rhetorical dogma, that metaphor, or simile, may be made to strengthen an argument, as well as to embellish a description.Page 153
In this rack, which had three or four compartments, were five or six visiting cards and a solitary letter.Page 166
The Latin title, which has not been found, means "Vigils for the Dead according to the Choir of the Church of Mayence.