Through the Tunnel


Doris Lessing

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Through the Tunnel Characters


The protagonist of the story, and its only named character, Jerry is a young English boy on vacation with his mother to a coastal town in a foreign country. He is eleven years old and… read analysis of Jerry


Jerry’s mother is a widow on vacation with her son. She spends her vacation days sunbathing and relaxing at a crowded beach while Jerry goes off to explore the rocky bay. Midway through… read analysis of Mother

Older boys

The only other people in the story are a group of local older boys that Jerry encounters during his first day exploring the rocky bay. They are bigger than Jerry, don’t speak English, and… read analysis of Older boys