What is the falling action of the short story "Through the Tunnel" ?

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The falling action of the story occurs right after Jerry has made it through the tunnel. As he is resting from his feat, he see the native boys diving but no longer has an interest in them. He returns to his mother boasting that he can now stay under water for two or three minutes. His mother tells him not to "overdo it". She doesn't need to worry because Jerry accomplished what he set out to do and now it is "no longer of the least importance to go to the bay." His success means he has entered a new phase of maturity and is becoming less and less dependent on his mother.