Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing

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What do the local boys look like, and what impression do you get of them from their behavior?

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The short story "Through the Tunnel" by Doris Lessing tells of an eleven-year-old English boy named Jerry, who goes on vacation with his mother. He and his mother have a congenial and respectful relationship, but the boy wants to do something adventurous on his own.

He heads down to a "wild and rocky bay," and while he is swimming, he meets up with some local boys. It turns out that the local boys have a practice of diving into the water and swimming through a dark tunnel under a large rock. At first, Jerry cannot even find the tunnel. Later, after the boys are gone, Jerry locates it, practices holding his breath, and makes the swim...

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