17. Portuguese bullfighters belong to a unique tradition. For one thing, the bulls are not killed in
the ring. _______________ They are locals with day jobs, neighbors who cement their
friendship in an ancient way: by risking their lives together. Their event occurs in the place
called pega. Eight men enter an arena, line up in single file, and then try to subdue a
charging bull by hand. They have no weapons and only each other to rely on. Every emotion
is on naked display. There is something timeless about their bravery, something unifying
about the beast. Certainly their way-their honor in the ring, their deeply cultivated sense of
family outside-is special and traditional.
(A) On the other hand, bullfighting is personal and artistic.
(B) Not surprisingly, the Spanish show little emotion.
(C) For another, some participants are amateurs.
(D) Secondly, bullfighting is a quest for heroism.