I'm looking for a word that could describe a person who is very gullible and easily trusts people.
My specific example is Fortunato from Edgar Allen Poe's story: The Cask of Amontillado
Edit: the character's name is Fortunato.
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Not to sound too obvious, but what is wrong with "trusting"?
John was very trusting, some might even say gullible.
Your question is a little unclear because gullible doesn't just mean "easily trusts others", it really means "easily deceived," or "easily taken in." For sure, a gullible person might be trusting, but I don't think all trusting people are necessarily gullible.
I think it depends on the tone of the sentence. Compare the tones in the following phrases: