The Seven Perennial Sins and Their Offspring

Bazyn, Ken

Continuum, 2002

pp. 22-23

Quoting “The Capital of the World” By Ernest Hemingway:

Hemingway “mentions a joke circulating in Madrid.  It seems that a remorseful father placed a personal ad in the newspaper El Liberal, which read: ‘PACO MEET ME AT HOTEL MONTANA NOON TUESDAY ALL IS FORGIVEN PAPA’”  What the father had forgotten is that Paco (short for Francisco) is a popular name.  The Madrid Civil Guard had had to be called to the Hotel Montana, because 800 Pacos had answered the ad.