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The Other Passenger

by Louise Candlish

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Subterranean London

This article relates to The Other Passenger

London Underground sign at Westminster Station Louise Candlish's narrator in The Other Passenger, Jamie Buckby, suffers from tunnel phobia. It is this affliction that causes him to quit his professional occupation and work at a coffee shop. Jamie experiences London's subway system, known as the Tube, as a "place with no escape routes" where "bodies were crammed into every last column of vertical space" with "doors that locked like a crocodile's jaws." He ultimately suffers a severe panic attack in the Tube, and his fellow passengers demonize him for it. Jamie is not alone in either his phobia or his frustration with public transportation. However, while some passengers fear the overcrowded carriages and congested platforms, others marvel at London's vast and intricate subterranean system, of which the Tube is only a part.

The initial construction of what is now the London Underground rail network began with the building of the Thames Tunnel (under the Thames River), the brainchild of engineer Marc Isambard Brunel, which ...

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