Elegant and elusive, Manolete was able to stand very still while passing the bull close to his body. He would remain in that one spot, linking four or five consecutive passes together without ever stepping aside.
Then one day, the bull won.
In response to Manolete’s death, General Francisco Franco, then dictator of Spain, ordered three days of “national mourning”, during which only funeral dirges were heard on the radio.
That, my friends, is a national hero.
I am not condoning the brutality of bullfighting, but when a man rises to a level such as this, he is usually worth remembering. This is why Manolete will be one of the “Lost Boys” recalled in The House of the Lost Boys, the new student mansion to be built on the campus of Wizard Academy in 2015.