Madrid, Spain (third day)
I look around me. A big clear sun beats down on the ring. Half the apprentices are practising their passes with the cape and half are clutching horns and racing at them. I'm struck by how absurd and how deadly serious it is at the same time.
In the dedication required bullfighting has overtones of medieval knights and chivalric orders, of ancient rules and disciplines. Of something almost monastic.
I thank Fabian and wish him well. I suppose a time will come when he will be hurt, does that worry him?
'Oh, yes.' He nods and smiles, 'Oh, yes.'
I must say, understanding bullfighters requires dedication too. Now I have to find somewhere in Spain where I can see them in action.
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- Series: Hemingway Adventure
- Chapter: Madrid, Spain (third day)
- Country/sea: Spain
- Place: Madrid
- Book page no: 114
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