Solid oak-panelled doors had barely contained the querulous debates held behind them.
Some had harrumphed about maintaining the status quo, citing the untroubled strength of historical precedent.
Others took pleasure raising a great clamour about the courage to move with the times.
The hallowed halls rang with the blustery indignation of outmoded nay-sayers and the idealistic zealotry of irresponsible firebrands.
It seemed impossible that members on either side would concede.
Nonetheless, after several centuries of considering the question of separation, the decision was announced.
The Royal and Ancient finally welcomed lady members to the fold.