In the face of the danger represented by the bull, he is the only figure who is seeking to deflect its attention--much as a bullfighter might in response to an injured banderillero
Frijoles", La marquesa de Bellaflor II 115)--or turns of phrase such as "sopas de ajo en mi casa mejor que pichones en la ajena" ("La zapatera," Fe, esperanza y caridad I 24).
The fairly minor role of Oswald was played by the weaselly Ashley Rolfe, whose encounter with the grizzled and irate Kent (Paul Copley) was a comical mixture of pantomime bravado and desperate panic as the Earl pursued him and forced him to duck behind the screens like a banderillero
fleeing an enraged bull.
She got her thirst for bullfighting from her father, a former banderillero
whose job was to fire stun darts into the animal's shoulders before the kill.
Serving as a banderillero
for Belmonte, Maera one day asked for an increase in wages and was refused.
depicts the back of a huge bull straining to reach a banderillero
who is leaping over the barrera to safety; the bull's left horn grazes the banderillero
Elsewhere too, Bredendick amplifies the oblique subtleties inherent in choices that compel the reader "to see Death in the Afternoon as a work of art with a bullfight manual imbedded in it" (210) The dust jacket, for example, an ebullient, mass-cultural oil painting of a bull chasing a banderillero
over a barrera, combines with the frontispiece, Juan Gris's cubist masterwork, The Bullfighter, a complex "intellectual" work, to highlight Hemingway's faith that "the bullfight encompasses mass culture; and fine art; and its audience includes highbrow and lowbrow alike" (217).
The chapter focuses on the bull's entrance into the arena, when a banderillero
trails a cape from side to side to determine which horn the bull favors.
We have a bull returned to the corrals alive (Vibora), a bull loose in City Hall (Zaragoza), another shot and wounded by a civil-guard (Comisario), one pitted against a tiger (Huron), and a rampaging bull who took on and tossed, one after another, a banderillero
, a picador, a civil-guard, a municipal policeman, and a night watchman (Oficial).
An excellent banderillero
and cape handler, he worked with the outstanding matadors of his time.