In this haunting tale in Old
California, thirteen year-old Ramon Montiel strives to save his beloved
bull, Toro, from a fight with a maurading grizzly bear, a battle that
could end in certain death for Toro.
Bear and the Bull...
Now it was time for
when the matador
distracted the bull with the muleta, a fan-shaped scarlet cloth draped
over a short stick, and plunged his sword into the meat between the
shoulder blades down into the bull’s heart.
An attendant brought Luis the sword and muleta.
Luis put the sword in his left hand; his injured right arm was too weak
but he managed to hold the muleta.
The bull stomped around the ring waiting for more
cape movements. Some spectators threw flowers into the arena and roared
for the final fight. The bull turned toward Luis, who stood alone in
the ring’s center.
Luis dedicated the bull to the officials then made
several strained passes while the bull’s huge horns just brushed his
upper thighs and stomach. Luis set his jaw. His eyes, serious, hard, he
gripped the sword handle tight and cocked his left hand back by his
chin. He stared into the bull’s eyes and drew the bull’s head down with
a flicker of the muleta.
The stands fell quiet.
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