One-Eyed Matador Gored Again

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(P1) Five years almost to the day after he was gored in the eye by a bull, Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla was gored in virtually the same spot again, but he won’t need to buy a second eye patch. At a bullfight in Zaragoza Saturday, the 43-year-old was gored on the same side of the face that was injured in 2011, when a bull’s horn cost him the sight in one eye and left him with partial facial paralysis, reports Yahoo News. The Yahoo link includes photos showing the bull’s horn hitting at or near the eye patch, with Padilla holding his hand over the spot after the impact and wincing in pain.

(P2) Padilla, nicknamed “The Pirate” after he returned to bullfighting in 2012, was hospitalized but is not as seriously hurt as he was in 2011, reports the Independent. This time, he suffered no internal injuries. The 1,300-pound bull also stamped on the fallen matador’s stomach before rescuers got Padilla out of the ring. “This is a part of bullfighting,” he said in 2012 after returning to the ring just months after the first injury. (A lot of people saw red after this bullfighter brought his baby daughter into the ring with him.)

WORDS: 204


VOCABULARY: gored, matador, horn, paralysis, wincing, stamped


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. What’s your opinion about Padilla bringing his daughter into the bull ring with him?
  3. If you were a bullfighter and got gored, would you go back into the ring again? Why or why not?
  4. Would you like to see a bullfight? Why or why not?


  1. This time, Padilla was gored on the other side of the face. (T or F)
  2. When did Padilla lose his sight in one eye?
  3. What is Padilla’s alias?
  4. How much does the bull weigh that gored Padilla the second time?
  5. People were not mad at Padilla for bringing his daughter into the ring. (T or F)


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • five years almost to the day (P1)
  • virtually the same spot (P1)
  • cost him the sight in one eye (P1)
  • internal injuries (P2)
  • out of the ring (P2)

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Image source: by AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

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