According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a couchee is "an assembly of company in the evening; an evening reception," and it compares the French" le coucher du roi, or simply le coucher, the reception which is preceded by the king's going to bed; petit coucher the interval between the this reception and the king's actual retirement, during which he saw only his household officers or other privileged persons."

Victorian Overview Thomas Carlyle Hudson's Statue

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