Discuss aficion in Chapter 131. Discuss aficion. 2. How does Montoya treat aficions differently? 3. How does this relate to Jake, Montoya, and Bill?
According to Ernest Hemingway,
Aficion means passion. An aficionado is one who is passionate about the bull-fights.
Aficionado can, of course, be applied to anyone who is passionate about something--such as cigars or wine. Montoya's Hotel was a magnet for bullfighting aficions:
All the good bull-fighters stayed at Montoya's hotel; that is, those with aficion stayed there.
Montoya treats the true bullfighting aficionados with gracious respect and hospitality. Jake seems to receive special treatment, since he is one of the few non-Spaniards with a true knowledge and passion for the sport. Montoya "always smiled as though bull-fighting was a very special secret between the two of us." Montoya is quick to see that Bill is not as knowledgeable or passionate as Jake. Even after Jake claims that Bill, too, is an aficionado, Montoya knows better.
"Yes?" Montoya politely disbelieved. "But he's not afficionado like you."