What is the irony of the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe?

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What is the irony of the short story, “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe?

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The irony is that Fortunato was never intended to get to the amontillado at all, but when the narrator bricked him into the niche, that was what was there; so the whole revenge scheme fell flat, and instead of begging for mercy (as the narrator wanted), Fortunato died in happy drunkenness. Weird, but that’s Poe for you.