Lenore, Part 3: His Anger
Her exploits shook poor Edgar to the core,
So his anger into words he did pour;
Like at his cask story’s end,
Of her motives, he penned,
“For the love of cock, Montressor.”
This limerick alludes to Poe’s infamous short story The Cask of Amontillado, published in 1846, which describes how the narrator, Montressor, under the pretext of an exclusive wine-tasting, lures his rival Furtunato into catacombs to exact his revenge. In the end, the victim is chained to the wall in a niche, where he’s left to die, sealed in by a newly erected wall. This manner of grotesque death is called immurement, which literally means “walling in.” Being buried alive is similar, but is not, strictly speaking, the same thing.