Reading Cikgu's entry yesterday and then Doc TA's today, I was compelled to find the line in a movie which perhaps best epitomise the personality they were referring to. I could not recall it offhand as I've watched the movie only once, and that too a very long time ago.
The movie, entitled 'El Cid', is about a Spanish noble who became famous not only for his glorious deeds in battle under Muslim as well as Christian kings, but supposedly also for being a man of honour. Should anyone be interested to know about El Cid, there's a short write-up about him here.
The line in the scene which was etched in my memory is, alhamdulillah, made availble in the video clip below. Do give it a watch as it is only the first few seconds which matter. And please, do turn on the volume higher.
Count Gormaz: What do you want?
El Cid: You shamed my father! I want his name back. (inaudible)...I want it cleanse! So we can once more wear it proudly!
Count Gormaz: I cannot apologise! Its not that I do not want to...I do not know how to.
El Cid: People will only esteem you more if you do. Everyone will understand.
Count Gormaz: I have told you no...
I am unable to ascertain the historical accuracy of the scene nor of Count Gormaz, but if it is true, then the line which I have made bold, perhaps hits the spot for the personality mentioned by Cikgu and Doc TA.
History, does seem to repeat itself. Sadly.