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Diogenes Club

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The Diogenes Club

 

The Diogenes Club is a gentleman's club located in the West End of London. It seems to have been named after Diogenes the Cynic and was founded by a respected advisor of the Empire, Mycroft Holmes.

 

The club is described by the main character of a popular work of fiction, although the author is a noted Bedlamite, Arthur Conan Doyle:

 

"...There are many men in London, you know, who, some from shyness, some from misanthropy, have no wish for the company of their fellows. Yet they are not averse to comfortable chairs and the latest periodicals. It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubable men in town. No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one. Save in the Stranger's Room, no talking is, under any circumstances, allowed, and three offences, if brought to the notice of the committee, render the talker liable to expulsion. My brother was one of the founders, and I have myself found it a very soothing atmosphere."

 

It is described as a place where men can go to read without any distractions, and as such the number one rule is that there is no talking, to the point where club members can be excluded for coughing.

 

Relation to British Secret Service

 

Although there is no firm evidence that the Diogenes Club is anything but what it seems to be, several rumors exist that the club was founded as a front for the British secret service (the Agency). Several of the clubs members are either known or rumored members of the Agency, and its founder, Mycroft Holmes, is the supreme and indispensable braintrust behind the British government, who pieces together the collective government secrets and then advises the best course of action. Given that Mycroft Holmes is established both as a co-founder of the club, and an indolent man who travels only between his home, his office, and the Club, these rumors may have a quite factual basis.

 

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