Said knight suffers badly in battle, losing one limb after another to the sword of King Arthur, but continues to struggle on regardless. Even when he is reduced to just a head and torso and King Arthur has galloped off, the knight refuses to accept he has been defeated. "Running away eh? Come back here and take what's coming to you! I'll bite your kneecaps off!"
Hearts' injury worries, mercifully, have not been that extreme but there has been something quite remarkable about their similar refusal to meekly accept when they are beaten. Gary Locke, the club's manager, has barely had his troubles to seek, presiding over a group of players who have not long started shaving and hampered further by the imposition of a transfer embargo and a 15-point reduction.
Even after Ryan Stevenson, one of the few Hearts players old enough to buy alcohol in a supermarket without a fake ID, succumbed to knee ligament damage that will keep him out for several months, Locke patched up his side and they went out and won again. Whether it's beating Aberdeen late in the game with just 10 men, or getting past Raith Rovers on penalties, Hearts simply keep on finding a way to prosper in circumstances that suggest they have no right to do so.
Their ability to roll with the punches will be tested further this afternoon. Up against the league's form side in Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Locke will be without both Kevin McHattie and Danny Wilson due to suspension, and faces a sweat over goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald, who is struggling with an ankle injury. But given all they have achieved this far, there is little prospect of Hearts raising the white flag.
"Winning games is a great habit for all of us to get in," said Locke. "It doesn't matter how you win, we've just got to try and do it. And with being 15 points adrift at the start of the season we have to try and get as many points on board as we can. It's been a really good, positive start.
"The players are all fighting for the cause. That's one great thing about the whole club: everyone's pulling in the same direction, which is probably the first time that's happened in a long time. I know our squad is not the biggest, and we're certainly getting tested this weekend with a lot of players missing, but we'll go up full of confidence."
Hearts have already reduced the gap on St Mirren in 11th place to nine points, with several other clubs also anxiously looking over their shoulders. "The fact that we've managed to put a few points on the board puts a little bit of pressure on the teams above us," added Locke. "We're still well adrift, but the more points we pick up, that puts pressure on other teams."
Inverness have not been an easy side to unnerve this season, though, as witnessed by the way they went 2-0 up away to Celtic before being forced to settle for a draw. It was with a sense of anticipation that Gary Warren considered the Highland side's latest outing against Hearts. "Looking at the reports and video clips, you know they are going to be a young, energetic side," said the Inverness defender. "But so are we. The way we play is full of energy and enthusiasm."
It is little wonder given that Inverness are top of the Premiership table. It is a position that they have little desire to surrender. "It's important to keep our run going and build on what we have done," added Warren. "It's important to kick on and get three points and that would take us to 13 points from 15, which for any team in any league is an unbelievable start."