The Sun Also Rises

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Pedro Romero Character Analysis

A young, good-looking bullfighting prodigy who is so skillful and beautiful that Brett falls in love with him. His skill and subtlety in the bull-ring impress everybody and create genuine emotion in the crowd. He seems at times to be at one with the bulls. When Cohn learns of Romero's effect on Brett, he fights him. Romero and Brett run away together but Brett leaves him soon after when he tries to turn her into a traditional woman.
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Pedro Romero Character Timeline in The Sun Also Rises

The timeline below shows where the character Pedro Romero appears in The Sun Also Rises. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
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Montoya introduces them to a nineteen-year-old phenom of a bullfighter named Pedro Romero. Jake thinks that Romero is the best looking boy he's ever seen. During his bullfight,... (full context)
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When Brett mentions Romero, Mike says she couldn't keep her eyes off him. Mike then adds that Cohn, in... (full context)
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During Romero's next bullfight, Brett sits next to Jake, who explains Romero's skill to her move by... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...dull. Jake is in his room when Montoya enters and asks for some advice – Romero has been asked to have dinner with the American ambassador. Jake understands immediately that Montoya... (full context)
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...too drunk now for him to catch up, and so he goes over instead to Romero, who's eating with a bullfighting critic. They all speak a little bit of different languages... (full context)
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Brett and Mike shout to Jake from across the room. Mike wants him to tell Romero that "bulls have no balls," while Brett asks to be introduced. Jake apologizes for his... (full context)
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...When he says he does, she then tells him that she is "mad about the Romero boy." She apologizes for being a "bitch," but says "I've got to do something I... (full context)
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Jake agrees to help, and they go to a café where Romero is sitting with other bullfighters and critics. Jake predicts that Romero will come over to... (full context)
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Jake leaves Brett and Romero at the table, and as he does so he notices that bullfighters and critics with... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...tell him about what happened with Cohn after Jake left the night before. Cohn found Romero and Brett together. He professed his love once more to Brett, and hit Romero over... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...but with shaking hands, meets Jake, Bill, and Mike at a café. She reports that Romero was badly hurt by Cohn last night, but still wants to perform in his scheduled... (full context)
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...hotel, Montoya bows to them but doesn't look happy to see them. Brett goes to Romero's while Jake checks in on Mike. Mike's room is a mess, and he drunkenly slurs... (full context)
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...they all are by blood. They see the three matadors who will perform that day, Romero in the middle. His face is obscured but he looks beaten up. Romero removes his... (full context)
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Romero is up next. Romero has greatness, Jake says. His passion for the bulls was like... (full context)
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In his bullfight, Romero is tentative at first with a particular bull that is troublesome because it doesn't see... (full context)
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After that first kill, Romero gets braver and braver. He displays beautiful bullfighting, giving the audience a heart-dropping emotional experience.... (full context)
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...Brett's room. There he finds Mike, who tells him that Brett has left Pamplona with Romero by train. Jake makes his way to his own room and tries to sleep. The... (full context)
Chapter 19
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When he arrives at Brett's hotel, she kisses him. She explains that she sent Romero away, but wrote to Jake because she wasn't sure if she could actually get him... (full context)