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You: And I suppose you didn't see Belmonte with his second Pablo Romero at Puerto de Santa Mar�a on Aug. 5, 1926?
Tourist: No, I—
You: There was a faena! You'll never see a series of naturales like that again. Not today, nor tomorrow, nor 100 years from now. They tell me he was never any good after that, but there was that afternoon in Barcelona in '27. They don't make bullfighters like that nowadays. And the bulls! (Wave your hand dismissing the whole thing with the expression of utmost disgust.) V�squez had it, but he lost it.
Tourist: Lost what?
It is of greatest importance not to answer him. Look pained and walk away ambiguously. If the man follows and persists in knowing what it was that V�squez lost, dismiss him with a sigh and a dramatic shake of your head. The crowd will be thick enough to lose him, even though he might be clinging to your elbow.
By now you should have arrived at the very gate of the plaza de toros, unless you have been standing in front of a football field, in which case it would be quite hopeless to try to get to the bullfight on time.
It is quite important, before going in, to let a tout try to sell you a ticket. The price he will quote you will bring your blood pressure to exactly the right pitch, since the doorman at your hotel already has taken you, and touts are usually 100% cheaper. You should keep in mind that any outside stimulus is helpful in readying you for the emotional experience you are about to enjoy.
We shall stop here to remind the reader of the basic differences between a brave bull and an ordinary bull, and between a bull, brave or ordinary, and a bullfighter.
First, the bull:
1) He can be smaller or larger than his far-removed domesticated cousin.