"Nine men out of ten would flee from a Royal Society soiree in the extremity of boredom; but Creighton was the tenth"
Royal Society, London
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The Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge, known simply as the Royal Society, is dedicated to the furthering of the sciences and is arguably the oldest such society in existence. 

In Kim, this great national treasure becomes a symbol for the nostalgia of the British Empire's elite. Mired in the intrigue of the Great Game, Creighton yearns for the ‘crowded rooms in easy London’ full of ‘bald-headed gentleman who know nothing of the army’.