Fyodor Pavlovich’s first wife, the mother of Dmitri Fyodorovich, and the cousin of Pyotr Alexandrovich Miusov. She belonged to the wealthy and aristocratic Miusov family. Adelaida is beautiful and has a dowry that includes twenty-five thousand roubles, a small village, and a “rather fine townhouse.” Thus, no one in her family could understand why she married Fyodor, whom they regarded as a “runt,” other than for the sheer excitement of breaking away from her social class and its expectations. She is described as “hot-tempered,” “bold, dark-skinned, impatient,” and “strong”—qualities that are particularly on display when she develops contempt for her husband and beats him in anger. She abandons Fyodor for “a destitute seminarian” and leaves Dmitri with his father. She dies in St. Petersburg of either typhus or starvation.
Adelaida Ivanovna Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov
The timeline below shows where the character Adelaida Ivanovna appears in The Brothers Karamazov. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 1: Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov
...Alexei. Dmitri, also called Mitya, was born to Fyodor’s first wife—the beautiful, wealthy, and aristocratic Adelaida Ivanovna Miusov. It’s unclear what Adelaida wanted with Fyodor beyond the “piquancy from elopement.” As... (full context)
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 2: The First Son Sent Packing
Part 1: Book 1, Chapter 3: Second Marriage, Second Children
Part 1: Book 3, Chapter 2: Stinking Lizaveta