English Typing Test

Ashestoodup,hisprotuberantandflabbystomachseemedtoshakeunderhisamplewaistcoatashespoke.Ashesatdownthissamepartofhisanatomyroseuptohismeagrechest.Hisclothes,stainedandoldafterafewdays'use,seemedtofloatabouthisunharmoniousbodylikegarmentsbelongingtosomeoneelse,-soobesewasheinthepartsdevotedtodigestion,andsoleaninthoseoflocomotion."Heisasimpleton,"saidGallardo-"alearnedmancertainly,asgoodasbread,but'touched.'Hewillneverhaveapeseta.Whateverhehashegivesaway,andhetakeswhatanyonechoosestopayhim."Twogreatpassionsfilledhislife-theRevolutionandBulls.Thatvaguebuttremendousrevolutionwhichwouldcome,leavinginEuropenothingthatnowexisted,ananarchicalrepublicanismthathedidnottroubletoexplain,andwhichwasonlyclearinitsexterminatorynegations.Thetorerosspoketohimasafather,hecalledthemall"tu,"anditwassufficientforatelegramtocomefromthefurthestendofthePeninsulaforthegooddoctorinstantlytotakethetrainandrushtohealagoringreceivedbyoneofhis"lads"withnoexpectationofanyrecompense,beyondsimplywhattheychosetogivehim.HeembracedGallardoonseeinghimafterhislongabsence,pressinghisflaccidabdomenagainstthatbodywhichseemedmadeofbronze."Oh!Youfinefellow!"Hethoughttheespadalookedbetterthanever."AndhowaboutthatRepublic,Doctor?Whenisitgoingtocome?"askedGallardo,withAndalusianlaziness"ElNacionalsaysthatweareontheverge,andthatitwillcomeoneofthesedays.""Whatdoesitmattertoyou,rascal?LeavepoorNacionalinpeace.Hehadfarbetterlearntobeabetterbanderillero.Asforyou,whatoughttointerestyouistogoonkillingbulls,likeGodhimself!Wehaveafinelittleafternooninprospect!Iamtoldthattheherd"Butwhenhegotasfarasthis,theyoungmanwhohadseentheselectionandwishedtogivenewsofit,interruptedthedoctortospeakofthedarkbull"whichhadstruckhiseye,"andfromwhichthegreatestwondersmightbeexpected.Thetwomenwho,afterbowingtoeachother,hadsattogetherintheroomforalongtimeinsilence,nowstoodupfacetoface,andGallardothoughtthatanintroductionwasnecessary,butwhatwashetocallthefriendwhowasaddressinghimas"tu?"Hescratchedhishead,frowningreflectively,buthisindecisionwasshort."Listenhere.Whatisyourname?Pardonme-youunderstandIseesomanypeople."TheyouthsmotheredbeneathasmilehisdisenchantmentatfindinghimselfforgottenbytheMasterandgavehisname.Whenheheardit,Gallardofeltallthepastrecursuddenlytohismemoryandrepairedhisforgetfulnessbyaddingafterthename"arichmine-ownerinBilbao,"andthenpresented"thefamousDr.Ruiz,"andthetwomen,unitedbytheenthusiasmofacommonpassion,begantochatabouttheafternoon'sherd,justasiftheyhadknowneachotheralltheirlives."Sityourselvesdown,"saidGallardo,pointingtoasofaatthefurtherendoftheroom,"Youwon'tdisturbmethere.Talkandpaynoattentiontome.Iamgoingtodress,asweareallmenhere,"andhebegantotakeoffhisclothes,remainingonlyinhisundergarments.Seatedonachairunderthearchwhichdividedthesitting-roomfromthebedroom,hegavehimselfoverintothehandsofGarabato,whohadopenedaRussialeatherbagfromwhichhehadtakenanalmostfemininetoiletcase,fortrimminguphismaster.Inspiteofhisbeingalreadycarefullyshaved,Garabatosoapedhisfaceandpassedtherazoroverhischeekswiththeceleritybornofdailypractice.AfterwashinghimselfGallardoresumedhisseat.Theservantthensprinkledhishairwithbrilliantineandscent,combingitincurlsoverhisforeheadandtemples,andthenbegantodressthesignoftheprofession,thesacredpig-tail.Withinfinitecarehecombedandplaitedthelonglockwhichadornedhismaster'socciput;andthen,interruptingtheoperation,fasteneditonthetopofhisheadwithtwohairpins,leavingitsfinaldressingforalaterstage.Nexthemustattendtothefeet,andhedrewoffthefighter'ssocks,leavinghimonlyhisvestandspun-silkdrawers.Gallardo'spowerfulmusclesstoodoutbeneaththeseclothesinsuperbswellings.Ahollowinonethighbetrayedaplacewherethefleshhaddisappearedowingtoagashfromahorn.Theswarthyskinofhisarmswasmarkedwithwhitewheals,thescarsofancientwounds.Hisdarkhairlesschestwascrossedbytwoirregularpurplelines,recordalsoofbloodyfeats.Ononeofhisheelsthefleshwasofavioletcolour,witharounddepressionwhichlookedasifithadbeenthemouldforacoin.Allthisfightingmachineexhaledanodourofcleanandhealthyfleshblendedwiththatofwomen'spungentscents.Garabato,withanarmfulofcottonwoolandwhitebandages,kneltathismaster'sfeet."Justliketheancientgladiators!"saidDr.Ruiz,interruptinghisconversationwiththeBilboan,"See!YouhavebecomeaRoman,Juan.""Age,Doctor!"repliedthematador,withatingeofmelancholy,"Weareallgettingolder.WhenIfoughtbothbullsandhungeratthesametimeIdidnotwantallthis.IhadfeetofironintheCapeas."Garabatoplacedsmalltuftsofcottonwoolbetweenhismaster'stoesandcoveredthesolesandtheupperpartofhisfeetwithathinlayerofit;then,pullingoutthebandages,herolledthemroundintightspirals,likethewrappingsofanancientmummy.Tofixthemfirmlyhedrewoneofthethreadedneedlesfromhissleeveandcarefullyandneatlyseweduptheirends.Gallardostampedonthegroundwithhisbandagedfeetwhichseemedtohimfirmerintheirsoftwrappings.Inthebandageshefeltthembothstrongandagile.Theservantthendrewonthelongstockingswhichcamehalfwayupthethigh,thickandflexiblelikegaiters.
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