Hemingway’s Paco story about reconciliation

I love this Hemingway story about a father trying to be reconciled to his son; it says something profound about the human heart.

“Madrid is full of boys named Paco, which is the diminutive of the name Francisco, and there is a Madrid joke about a father who came to Madrid and inserted an advertisement in the personal columns of El Liberal which said: PACO MEET ME AT HOTEL MONTANA NOON TUESDAY ALL IS FORGIVEN PAPA and how a squadron of Guardia Civil had be called out to disperse the eight hundred young men who answered the advertisement.”

– Ernest Hemingway, “The Capital of the World,” in The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, 1998: p. 29.

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