The Cask of Amontillado

In the The Cask of Amontillado, what is the importance of pointing out the Nitre on the walls of the cellar?

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Nitre grows in dark and dank places, like crypts, catacombs and tombs. In significant amounts it can also cause respiratory distress. This argument that they have over the nitre and it being dangerous to his health, is ironic in that Montressor cares little to nothing about Fortunato's health.