This filial tenderness did not prevent Juanillo continuing his abnormal existence, only putting in an occasional appearance at Se?ora Angustias' house, and often undertaking long journeys away from Seville.
After the Malague?as she played some Sevillanas, and[Pg 145] then some Andalusian popular songs, all melancholy, with an Oriental ring.
When the operations were over the family returned to the house, and Carmen paid her first visit to the sick man.
"Potaje! A bad man, whom Juaniyo would not have in his cuadrilla if he had any shame. Don't speak to me of that drunkard, who beats his wife, and starves his children."
 The knot of hair, dressed with ribbons, worn at the back of the head by toreros, principally to lessen the shock of a fall. The Mona was only "lowered" when a torero retired finally from the ring, either on account of age or inefficiency.
The trumpets gave the signal to kill, and the espada, after making a short "brindis," walked towards the bull.
The absurdity of the wish decided her. She also would go. The idea of seeing La Rinconada interested her.
"Good heavens!... And there are people who say.... By the life of the dove!... I wish I had some of them here."