The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Dmitri Fyodorovich’s famous defense attorney from St. Petersburg. Katerina Ivanovna, Alexei Fyodorovich, and Ivan Fyodorovich have each contributed to the attorney’s three thousand rouble fee for Dmitri’s defense. Dmitri says that Fetyukovich thinks he’s guilty. Fetyukovich’s legal talents are “known everywhere” and he has previously visited the provinces to defend someone in “a celebrated criminal case.” After his defense, these cases become famous all over Russia and are remembered for a long time. Fetyukovich is described as “a tall, dry man, with long, thin legs, extremely long, pale, thin fingers, a clean-shaven face, modestly combed, rather short hair, and thin lips twisted now and then into something halfway between mockery and a smile.” His eyes are “small and inexpressive,” “unusually close together,” and barely separated “by the thin bone of his thin, long-drawn nose.” His appearance is best characterized as “birdlike.” He appears to be around forty.

Fetyukovich Quotes in The Brothers Karamazov

The The Brothers Karamazov quotes below are all either spoken by Fetyukovich or refer to Fetyukovich. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of The Brothers Karamazov published in 1990.
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 5 Quotes

“‘The thing is that I am precisely in my right mind...my vile mind, the same as you, and all these m-mugs!’ he suddenly turned to the public. ‘A murdered father, and they pretend to be frightened,’ he growled with fierce contempt. ‘They pull faces to each other. Liars! Everyone wants his father dead. Viper devours viper…If there were no parricide, they’d all get angry and go home in a foul temper…Circuses! ‘Bread and circuses!’ […] Calm yourselves, I’m not mad, I’m simply a murderer! […] I have no witnesses. That dog Smerdyakov won’t send you evidence from the other world…in an envelope. You keep asking for envelopes, as if one wasn’t enough. I have no witnesses…except one, perhaps [….] He’s got a tail, Your Honor, you’d find him inadmissible! Le diable n’existe point!

Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 12 Quotes

“I visited Smerdyakov [….] His health was weak […] but his character, his heart—oh, no, he was not at all such a weak man as the prosecution has made him out to be. I especially did not find any timidity in him [….] As for guilelessness, there was nothing of the sort […] I found a terrible mistrustfulness in him, behind a mask of naivety, and a mind capable of contemplating quite a lot.”

Page Number: 738
Explanation and Analysis:

“I gathered some information: he hated his origin, was ashamed of it, and gnashed his teeth when he recalled that he was ‘descended from Stinking Lizaveta.’ He was irreverent towards the servant Grigory and his wife, who had been his childhood benefactors. He cursed Russia and laughed at her. He dreamed of going to France and remaking himself as a Frenchman. He used to talk about it often and said that he only lacked the means to do so. It seems to me that he loved no one but himself, and his respect for himself was peculiarly high [….] Considering himself (and there are facts to support it) the illegitimate son of Fyodor Pavlovich, he might very well detest his position as compared with that of his master’s legitimate children: everything goes to them […] to them all the rights, to them the inheritance, while he is just a cook.”

Page Number: 738
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Fetyukovich Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

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Part 4: Book 11, Chapter 1: At Grushenka’s
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...that he, Ivan, and Katerina Ivanovna have put up three thousand roubles for the lawyer Fetyukovich to represent Dmitri. The lawyer would have charged more, but the Karamazov case has become... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 1: The Fatal Day
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Everyone is excited by the arrival of the famous lawyer Fetyukovich, whose legal talents are widely known. Supposedly, Ippolit Kirillovich fears going against the famed defense... (full context)
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...announces the start of the hearing, and a marshal brings out Dmitri. The tall, bird-like Fetyukovich comes out with the defendant. (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 2: Dangerous Witnesses
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...Finally, he confirms, “with stubborn insistence,” that the door to the garden was open. When Fetyukovich asks about the envelope, Grigory confirms that he never saw it. Fetyukovich asks all of... (full context)
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Fetyukovich gets Grigory to admit that he drank some of the balm he made to soothe... (full context)
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...audience with his eloquence. He refers to Grushenka as “the merchant Samsonov’s kept woman.” During Fetyukovich’s round of questioning, he asks if Rakitin did not, in fact, accept twenty-five roubles from... (full context)
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Trifon Borisich then testifies to seeing three thousand roubles in Dmitri’s hands. When Fetyukovich accuses him of taking one hundred roubles that Dmitri dropped to the floor, the innkeeper... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 4: Fortune Smiles on Mitya
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Fetyukovich recalls an episode in which Alexei witnessed Dmitri pounding on his chest, but a bit... (full context)
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Fetyukovich asks why Grushenka offered Rakitin twenty-five roubles for Alexei. Grushenka says it’s because Rakitin is... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 9: Psychology at Full Steam. The Galloping Troika. The Finale of the Prosecutor’s Speech
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...verdict that justifies parricide. Everyone is impressed with the prosecutor’s speech. Some say that, whatever Fetyukovich might say, his argument won’t get around their peasants. (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 10: The Defense Attorney’s Speech. A Stick with Two Ends
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Fetyukovich begins speaking. His voice is loud but attractive. His speech has two parts: bitter critique... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 11: There Was No Money. There Was No Robbery
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The most striking thing in Fetyukovich’s speech is his “complete denial” of the three thousand roubles. He expresses uncertainty that the... (full context)
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...roubles, Dmitri has been firm regarding where he got the money—from Miss Verkhovtsev (Katerina Ivanovna). Fetyukovich then says that Katerina’s second testimony may, in fact, be the incorrect one. It’s possible,... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 12: And There Was No Murder Either
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Fetyukovich then expresses uncertainty that the pestle “is a proof of arming and premeditating.” He admits... (full context)
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Fetyukovich recalls that Dmitri testified at the investigation that, once he was convinced that Grushenka wasn’t... (full context)
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So, who killed Fyodor Karamazov? Fetyukovich admits that Ivan Karamazov is ill. Still, he uttered Smerdyakov’s name, and the prosecutor doesn’t... (full context)
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Fetyukovich encourages the jury to find the error in his account. However, if there is “at... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 13: An Adulterer of Thought
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Fetyukovich says that Dmitri is “ruined” because they are arguing over the corpse of his father.... (full context)
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Fetyukovich goes on to say that Dmitri didn’t break into the house to kill Fyodor. If... (full context)
Part 4: Book 12, Chapter 14: Our Peasants Stood Up for Themselves
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Fetyukovich concludes his speech to “the rapture” of his listeners. Just then Ippolit Kirillovich stands to... (full context)