“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitely, settled –but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish but punish with impunity.”
–from The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe
Love it! The meter of even his prose is gorgeous! But then, I’m a Poe Freak.
I was thinking of sealing my electric company rep up in my cellar wall and punishing with impunity (we’re still waiting for service), but I decided against it. Too much work. However, we did need to address an item that is sealed up in the cellar wall – the feed pipe from our well. Figured if we could dig down to it on both sides, we could pull it out and re-use it. Pretty cool down there. Very Poe. Did I mention there’s what looks like a big blood stain upstairs? There is. (Shudder.) Let’s take a trip down into the cellar …