Loudlit (Edgar Allen Poe, 1846)
Date read: 2/4/13
Briefly: A man seeks revenge on an old friend for "a thousand injuries" he committed against him.
Afterthoughts: Ben was assigned to read this short story for English, so we listened to it together. Not being a big fan of horror, this is not something I'd ordinarily seek out. That said, though, it was deliciously creepy. Poe uses the setting of Carnival time in Italy, during which the protagonist, Montresor, lures a "friend" into the catacombs underneath his villa on the pretense of sampling some fancy Spanish sherry (Amontillado). Montresor has a scheme in mind, and by the end of this story, you'll be unlikely to follow any friends into the depths of their personal catacombs.
Apparently a short film was made of the this story in 2011.
Notable quotes: (The protagonist begins:) "Come, we will go back; your health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible. Besides, there is Luchesi --"
"Enough, the cough is a mere nothing; it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough."
What else I'm reading:
I'm still working on the last two chapters of Flight Behavior. Also, Little Women, with Evan! So much fun to revisit this book I haven't read since I was, probably, ten? Evan was put off by the title at first, and he thinks there are too many sisters to keep track of, and it's awful thick! But overall he's enjoying it.
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