Very early into their trip, the band of travelers finds Inna, the midwife who taught Rachel to be a midwife, sitting by the side of the road. She's packed for travel.
Looks like someone wants out.
Inna joins everyone and speaks loudly so that Jacob can hear her; she basically brown-noses him the whole time.
Jacob is a very generous man, after all, and he allows Inna to travel with the group.
Inna speaks about the final straw that made her want to leave. A very young woman died while giving birth to a deformed baby. The baby also died. To make things worse, the woman's husband blamed Inna for the deaths and called her a witch. Inna spat in his face.
The man tried to strangle Inna, but some neighbors who could hear her screams rescued her. When she heard about Jacob's family leaving, she thought of it as a blessing from the gods.
On the second day, the group approaches a river, which absolutely fascinates Dinah. She loves the smell of the river and stops by it day and night.
It's time to cross the river, but Dinah isn't too pumped about it. She's afraid the river will swallow her whole.
When Dinah crosses, though, she loves the feeling of being submerged in the water.
But then Dinah loses her footing and splashes backward. Judah drags her across the river, and she feels like she is floating.
Apparently, Dinah thinks she is being buoyed up by some kind of river spirit. Inna declares that Dinah is a child of the water, so only living by a river will make her happy.
By the way, this scene is pretty important. Rivers and water mean a lot to our main character and narrator.
Anyway, the journey continues, and one night Dinah is put in charge of feeding the whole family. It's a pretty tough task, but she totally nails it.
It feels pretty awesome to finally get some sleep after the huge meal; unfortunately, Dinah has a dream about Laban coming back.
Except it isn't a dream. Laban finds the family and accuses Jacob of stealing his house-held gods (teraphims).
So Laban searches the whole camp for the teraphims, but he doesn't find them.
But there's one last place to check: the red tent.
And those teraphims are totally in the red tent with Rachel, as we know.
So Laban actually goes into the red tent, which is super weird, because men don't really go into the red tent—that's where women go to bleed.
And the women are Laban's daughters, which makes it even weirder.
Laban goes in, anyway, and Rachel confronts him and tells him the truth.
But Rachel also tells Laban that the gods have been spoiled by the women's blood—and that they will no longer give him good fortune.
Laban is rattled. Like, really rattled. So he goes and is never seen again by the family. Huzzah.
After the whole Laban episode, the family sets out again.
Jacob starts to complain about Esau, his brother.
Jacob keeps having nightmares about Esau; though Esau has been said to be forgiving and righteous nowadays, Jacob can't help but think Esau will be wrathful toward him.
Eventually, the group comes upon another river, which everyone crosses but Jacob. He decides to cross the next day, since it is too dark out to do it now.
Except Jacob doesn't cross, because he's beaten up so badly at night that he almost dies.
Jacob's sons cross the river and found him naked and with a broken leg. It takes him almost two months to recover, and he becomes cold and demanding.
Almost being beaten to death can do that to you, we guess.
Jacob also becomes super fearful of his brother at this point, believing it was Esau who had him beaten.
The chapter ends with a scene in which Dinah and Joseph are wandering around near the woods and are suddenly attacked by a wild boar.
As they run away, Joseph cuts his foot on a rock, and his shriek of pain somehow stops the boar in its tracks and it causes it to fall.
Yeah, some strange stuff right there.
Dinah and Joseph never speak about the incident to anyone, but Joseph starts to have strange dreams ever since this point.