The Red Tent - My Mother's Stories, Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis

Anita Diamant
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My Mother's Stories, Chapter 1 Summary

In the first chapter, Dinah's mother and aunts and grandfather are introduced. Alban is Dinah's spiteful, unkind grandfather. He has four daughters from different wives: Leah, Zilpah, Rachel, and Bilhah. They live in Haran. Leah, Dinah's mother, was born with different colored eyes. One eye is blue and the other is green. While many people are scared to look her in the eyes, they admire her ability to cook and tend to Laban's household. Laban's second daughter, born of a slave, is Zilpah. She is best friends with Leah. While Zilpah wishes to be an oracle, she only has one great vision: that of Leah birthing eight children.

The third daughter, Rachel, is the most beautiful of all the sisters. Her beauty is startling and breathtaking, and amazes her family, neighbors, and most importantly, Jacob. Laban's youngest daughter is Bilhah, who...

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