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At the beginning of one

At the beginning of one of his short stories, Hemingway makes reference to the tale of a Spanish father who wanted to be reconciled to his son, who had run away from home to the city of Madrid. The father missed his son and put an advert in the local newspaper, El Liberal. The advertisement read, "Paco, meet me at the Hotel Montana at noon on Tuesday. All is forgiven! Love Papa!" When the Father went to the Hotel Montana the next day at noon there were eight hundred young men named Paco waiting for their fathers.

Mark Stibbe

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