This is an example of a fine upstanding man, a romantic ideal. Adolphe is stable and reliable, hardworking, practical, and kind. He’s the type of man who works diligently within his culture, not looking to move away, wanting his own space and family because he has the heart of a romantic idealist. He and Carlotta grew a natural interest in each other after being childhood friends, though, because the more extreme personalities around them rely on them for grounding they may also have been pushed to rely on each other for the same. His costume is meant to show less skin and more maturity than the other peasant men. Adolphe is named for Giselle’s composer Adolphe Adam.