Rebecca foresees that Dinah will face unhappiness in her future but will live a long life; though the prediction comes true, the prophecy does not have much impact on Dinah’s life. Dinah does not dwell on Rebecca’s pronouncement just as she did not dwell on Zilpah’s water prophecy, nor does she makes decisions based on either of them. They are just words that hold considerably less sway over her life than the everyday words spoken to her by her other mothers. Dinah does occasionally ponder her fate and looks to find links to her prophesies, but she rarely gives them much credence. She says to Benia later in the book: “When I was a child I was told that I would only find contentment beside a river, but it was a false prophecy. The water soothes my heart and settles my thoughts, but I found my joy in dry hills.” After Rebecca’s prediction, Dinah makes no comment and appears not to give it much thought. Although Rebecca’s prophecy heightens the sense of tension with foreshadowing, her words do not impact the way that Dinah conducts herself.