Through the Tunnel, by Doris Lessing

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Lessing’s story is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Determination,” hosted by Jane Kaczmarek and featuring stories with character-testing moments.

Lessing is deliberately imprecise about the holiday location of “Through the Tunnel,” because what matters is that the story’s young hero is English, and “other.”  When he comes across a group of local boys making a dangerous swim, he creates his own personal rite of passage.  The reader is SHORTS stalwart James Naughton.