Disscuss aficion. How does this relate to Jake, Montoya, and Bill? in Chapter in 13Discuss aficion. How does Montoya treat aficions differently? How does this relate to Jake, Montoya, and Bill?

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Montoya admires those bull fighters who have "aficion" - passion. He keeps their pictures on the walls of his hotel. The ones that lack  "aficion" he keeps in a drawer, and one day, Jake explains, he takes out all of these pictures and throws them away.

When Jake and Bill arrive at Montoya's hotel, he asks Jake several times if Bill has "aficion" and Jake replies that he does, but Montoya does not believe this. He tells Jake that he may be a "buen hombre" (good man), but he does not have "aficion" like Jake does. Montoya realizes that Jake has an understanding, appreciation and love for bull fighting like he (Montoya) does because he notes that Jake has come to see the bull fights year after year. Montoya senses that Bill does not share this same "aficion" for the fights.

The passion they are discussing has a deeper significance. Jake says that if a bull fighter has "aficion" then Montoya could forgive him anything - nerves, panic, bad actions, etc. He then says that in this same way, "At once he forgave me all my friends." Jake's friends are all empty, lost souls who have no passion for life. All they care about is flitting around Europe and getting drunk.  Although Jake also does this, Montoya senses that there is something more to Jake than what appears on the surface. He has passion, even though he is lost like the rest of them.

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