The Sun Also Rises

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Montoya Character Analysis

The owner of the hotel in Pamplona where Jake and his friends, as well as the best bullfighters, stay. He tries to protect Romero's integrity and values the pure passion of the aficionados (those who are truly appreciative and knowledgeable about bullfighting) over everything else, which is why he shares a special bond with Jake.

Montoya Quotes in The Sun Also Rises

The The Sun Also Rises quotes below are all either spoken by Montoya or refer to Montoya. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Scribner edition of The Sun Also Rises published in 1954.
Chapter 13 Quotes
Those who were aficionados could always get rooms even when the hotel was full. Montoya introduced me to some of them. They were always very polite at first, and it amused them very much that I should be American. Somehow it was taken for granted that an American could not have aficion. – Jake
Related Characters: Jake Barnes (speaker), Montoya
Related Symbols: Bullfighting
Page Number: 137
Explanation and Analysis:

When Jake and Bill arrive back in Pamplona, they find that Montoya's hotel is filling up with people who are there to see the running of the bulls, and Jake begins to explain the true passion many men have for the sport. Jake appears, perhaps more than ever, connected to the people of Spain. He is comfortable, and his being accepted as an "aficionado" (someone with true passion for and knowledge of bullfighting) works to his advantage: his friends may seem like intruding foreigners, but Jake is treated with respect, even reverence.

Afición is here associated with a kind of masculinity. These men favor a sport in which other men display spectacular bravery in their fight against a real force of nature, a raging (and male) bull. When discussing and watching the sport together, they focus solely on the event, engaging themselves fully in the beauty—and violence—of sport.

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Montoya Character Timeline in The Sun Also Rises

The timeline below shows where the character Montoya appears in The Sun Also Rises. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
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...because he's read Bill's books. The three of them take a taxi to the Hotel Montoya where they will be staying. (full context)
Chapter 10
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...pass the bullring, which is imposing in the bright sun. They arrive at the Hotel Montoya. The owner, Montoya, welcomes Jake like an old friend and gives them good rooms. They... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...the central square is being prepared for the fiesta. The others have already arrived at Montoya's hotel. It's clear that Montoya does not think much of them. Jake and Montoya begin... (full context)
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Back at the hotel, Montoya and Jake agree that the bulls looked all right but that they have a bad... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Montoya introduces them to a nineteen-year-old phenom of a bullfighter named Pedro Romero. Jake thinks that... (full context)
Chapter 16
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The next day is rainy, foggy, and dull. Jake is in his room when Montoya enters and asks for some advice – Romero has been asked to have dinner with... (full context)
Chapter 18
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When they reach the hotel, Montoya bows to them but doesn't look happy to see them. Brett goes to Romero's while... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...the world. He adds that Brett also has no money, since she gave it to Montoya to cover Mike's debts. Jake is concerned when he hears about Brett. Bill says they... (full context)