Hakim is Victorious in Battle

"(By then, Hakim had set aside his brutish effigy, replacing it with a fourfold veil of white silk embossed with precious stones. The symbolic color of the ruling dynasty, the Banu Abbas, was black; for his Protective Veil, for his banners and turbans, Hakim chose the very opposite color - white.) The campaign began well. In The Book of Precision, of course, the armies of the Caliph are everywhere victorious; but as the invariable result of these victories is the removal of generals or the withdrawal from impregnable fortresses, the chary reader can surmise the actual truth. . . " A Universal History of Infamy, "The Masked Dyer of Merv", Jorge Luis Borges.

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