Jocasta claims that she knows that there is no reason to believe in prophets, and she tells the story of her husband, Laius, who received a prophecy that—she claims—never came to fruition. She explains that he was not murdered by his son, as the prophet said, but
Was murdered on a day by highwaymen,
No natives, at a spot where three roads meet.
When Oedipus hears this detail of the former king's death, he is immediately thrown into emotional turmoil. He says that a "wild tumult" came over his soul when he heard Jocasta say this. She reveals that it was just a "brief while" before Oedipus was made the ruler of Thebes. Jocasta describes Laius, at Oedipus's request, even suggesting that Laius was "not unlike" Oedipus in build and looks. Oedipus begins to fear that he has laid a "dread curse" on himself. Jocasta's revelations concerning Laius's death and his appearance certainly foreshadow the truths which have yet to come out. Oedipus's own dread does as well.