Preface: Pet owners be warned…. this gets ugly.
Read this public domain tale here thanks to the Gutenberg library.
Whether it was directly influential or just strikingly parallel the tale reads like an American modernized version of the Cask of Amontillado. An unreliable narrator bares an extreme hatred for a obliviously jovial character which leads the narrator to hatch an extremely extremely cartoony death.
The big distinguishing factor is Poe’s harping on the theme of revenge. Montresor is motivated by a illegitimate vendetta or sense of justice in seeking some sort of retribution. Yet, in Moon-Face the narrator’s antipathy for Claverhouse seems devoid of rationality. The narrator admits to having no concrete reasoning behind his vexation, it’s just a feeling and one that grows more intense by the second.
There is a deep irony to the narrator’s paradoxical mission to cause an “unmessy murder”. There might be some truth to other methods seeming more brutal or barbaric but something about this Wiley E. Coyote scheme doesn’t necessarily seem as refined as he hypothesizes either.
I’ve always had a soft spot for these deep psychological dives into someone who is rather nasty. Jack London does an impeccable job of pinpointing just the right amount of characterization to bring the scenario to life.
I’ll be back tomorrow to “fetch” ya another spooky tale so until next time. Catch ya later.