The Hemingway Papers
Hemingway wrote 191 columns for the Star. Many more will be added in the coming weeks and months, along with historical annotations by William McGeary, the former editor who spent years researching the writer’s work for the paper’s archives, so check back often as our collection grows.
This is from Tancredo is Dead, his remembrance of a man who could stop the fierce charge of a bull simply with his gaze:
But imitators sprang up in bullrings all over Spain. Tancredo no longer had a monopoly. He could no longer command his high prices, for the imitators had an added advantage. They were not one hundred percent effective.
Sometimes the bull would halt and back away. Sometimes the eye of the amateur Tancredo would waver or he would give an involuntary shiver, and the bull would carry through his charge and the human statue would shoot up into the air in a tangle of gory sheeting.
The thrill of what might happen gave the Spanish crowd the same thrill that sends people of other nations out to automobile road races and the Grand National Steeplechase.
You also find these oddly anachronistic turns of phrase:
They never knew but what the bull might not stop.
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