Uncle Khosrove is a character in William Saroyan's short story The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse, which tells of nine-year-old Aram and his adventures with a beautiful white horse that his thirteen-year-old cousin Mourad steals from an Assyrian farmer.
Mourad's behavior is described as sometimes erratic and foolhardy, a trait that allegedly was passed down to him from his Uncle Khosrove, even though Mourad's father was supposedly very pragmatic. In other words, Uncle Khosrove carries the family's "crazy gene" and passed it on to Mourad.
Khosrove is a large, imposing figure with a strong head of black hair and the largest mustache in the area. He is portrayed as angry, irritable and intimidating. He has a very short fuse and will not let anyone speak before him. He is so impatient that he immediately dismisses any issue with the phrase "It's no harm; pay no attention to it." It simultaneously evokes feelings of both humor and sadness.
Khosrove's behavior stems from homesickness, feeling out place, and bitterness at losing the place where he grew up. He has a fierce longing to return to his homeland, so much so that his acrimony and animosity over this loss overshadow anything else that's put before him. It's as if an impossible return to the past is the only thing that will quell his fiery demeanor.