John Atkins (Dealing with the Fear of Fear, Readings on Ernest Hemingway 1997 San Diego: Greenhaven Press)
Once a man loses the thing that sets him apart, the thing that forms his personality and creates individuality, he is lost. He sinks back into the herd and he will never excel in anything he puts his hand or mind to. Fear cannot be hidden, no matter how it decks itself; the bullfighter who was repulsed by the woman eventually lost her to a picador. His fear stood out and made him repulsive.