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Aram - 

The ten year old cousin of Mourad who had always been conscientious of his tribe's reputation for integrity.  Fascinated with horses since he wsas a child, he knew in his heart that Mourad had stolen the horse but justified the action by claiming that it wasn't stealing unless Mourad sold the horse for monetary gain. Was jealous of the bond Mourad shared with the horse and hoped to have the same connect with the horse someday. Found a way to keep the horse even when he found out that John Byro was the owner. Since we see the story unfold from a child's perspective, an innocence, an honesty and unbiased quality is added to the narration.


Mourad -

Considered crazy and a direct descendent of Uncle Khosrove, Mourad seemed to have a special "way" with animals and even with people. He could make them feel calm and safe. He looked after the horse in such a manner that John Byro found it better tempered and healthy on its return. Mourad too seems fascinated with horses and isn't beyond bending the rules to get what he wants. Perhaps he chooses not to tell Aram that he stole the horse to save Aram from trouble too. Mourad is a free spirited child of nature who enjoys "being alive". He does have a conscience and hence, chooses to return the horse when reminded of his family's honourable reputation.


Uncle Khosrove -

According to Aram, Uncle Khosrove, the huge man with a large mustache and a volatile temper, seems similar to Mourad in spirit. Having left Armenia perforce, Khosrove feels as if his true home and a part of his identity have been stripped away. This leads to a lack of belonging to the new land of Central Valley, California, where the Armenians have settled and a sense of frustrated anger. Thus, he is commonly observed to roar, "It is no matter. Pay no attention to it." Nothing is quite as important to him anymore and nothing quite as tragic or urgent.