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The Alpamysh, part 16: the horseshoe nails of treachery

Horseshoe nails. Photograph from Wikipedia.

To what ends will men go to satisfy lust? As Karajan drifts to sleep, his only son, Dost Mohammed, implements a terrible plan to prevent him from winning the race for the lovely Barchin.

The tired [lit. "small-minded"] batir, Karajan, tied the feet of his young mount, then placed his head on the saddle cushion, rested his head on his palm, and laid down. He immediately became motionless like a tree.

His son Dost Mohammed came over his father. He called the four hundred and ninety Kalmaks to his side. They tied together Karajan’s hands behind him securely. Then, [they] went near Baychobar. Some grabbed it by the reins, others by the stirrups, and turned Baychobar and put him on its back. They built a fire from the brushes.

[The gang] drove horseshoe nails into the four hooves of Baychobar noisily. They forced the horseshoe nails into his hooves. The Kalmaks then. mounted their horses in unison. They were pleased with themselves. All of them lined up, received their marching orders from Atpeshin Tore, and left.

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