On these days, after his early breakfast, he enjoyed sitting in the dining-room watching the movements of the travellers, foreigners or people from distant provinces, who passed him by with uninterested faces and without a glance, but who turned with curiosity on hearing from the servants that the handsome young fellow with clean-shaven face and black eyes, dressed like a gentleman, was Juan Gallardo, the famous matador, called familiarly by everybody "El Gallardo."
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He did not know what they were, but he was attracted by the look of his office, with its decoration of life-like portraits, frontals won from bulls, and placards proclaiming his fame.
Some one called him from the infirmary door; his companion, the other picador, wished to speak to him before being taken away to the hospital.
And the game went on, his companions admiring him even more for his energetic speech, than for the way in which he killed his bulls.
"I do not know how!... I am the most ignorant man in the world, except about killing bulls!"... He much regretted that the Puntillero of his cuadrilla was not there, a lad who drove the women wild with his beautiful playing.
The bandit seemed to understand the annoyance his words had caused, and went on most respectfully.
"You shall pledge me a bull some time or other when we see each other in a Plaza. That would be worth more than all the gold in the world."
The Zapaterin was already a matador. One day at Lebrija, a most lively bull was turned into the arena, his companions egged him on to the supreme feat: "Do you dare to put your hand to him?" ... and he did put his hand. Afterwards, emboldened by the facility with which he had come out of the peril, he went to all the "capeas" in which it was announced that the novillos would be killed, and to all the farm houses where they baited and killed cattle.下载
Busy all day scrubbing the floors of other people's houses, it was only now and again in the evenings that she was able to look after her son, going to his master's shop to enquire about the apprentice's progress. When she returned from the shoemaker's she was usually panting with rage, promising herself to administer the most stupendous punishments in order to correct the rascal.