What is the exposition of the story "Through the Tunnel"?

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The exposition of the short story “Through the Tunnel” is when Jerry and his mother arrive at the beach in a foreign country.

Exposition is the beginning of a story.  This is where the characters and setting are introduced.  This story is set in a country that is not England, at a beach.  The characters are a mother and her adolescent son.  Chances are he is her only son, because she is protective of him but worries that she is too overprotective.

Going to the shore on the first morning of the holiday, the young English boy stopped at a turning of the path and looked down at a wild and rocky bay, and then over to the crowded beach. (p. 1)

The country is not specified, but we know that Jerry is English and the boys he runs into are surprised.  They are foreign.  Therefore, the country is not England.  It is also the first day of a holiday.  He has been to the beach before, and he knows it well.


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