The wind is the greatest enemy of the bullfighter. In Valencia they were fighting in a full gale. One could handle the wind, and the other couldn't. It was the same wind for them both. But the wind caught up with Antonio two days later in Palma de Mallorca with a bull who was bad on the right side.
Both boys are in fine shape and the wounds are healing cleanly and fast. Antonio's wound is through old scar tissue and barely missed the femoral artery. But barely missed is what you try for when you straighten up with the cape and the muleta.
If Miguel heals solidly and as fast as Doctor Tamames expects, they will be matching barely misseds again on August 14. Antonio is due here with us as soon as the stitches are out, and we will start the same regime that Mary describes in her piece (next page). When I left Antonio in the hospital Wednesday to drive down to Malaga from Madrid he was looking forward to it. This is his 13th cornada, and no one of them has diminished his valor. This was not a big one. But the wound was four and a half inches deep and had to be opened up in the two directions the flick of the horn took. It was a very sharp horn. Tamames opened the wound with a very sharp knife. Everybody is very sharp these days, and all hope to live long lives and be happy. They next fight the 14th and then almost every day through August and September. This is just a little vacation without pay.