The Destructors

Blackie is a fifteen-year-old boy who leads the Wormsley Common Gang up to and after T.’s brief time as leader. Blackie takes his leadership responsibilities seriously and wants the best for the gang. Blackie’s character evolves as his relationship with T. does. At first he sees promise in T.’s way of carrying himself, but has his reservations as to whether T. will share the group’s values despite his upper class roots. Later, Blackie is briefly jealous of T. after T. takes over leadership of the gang, but quickly comes to see that T.’s vision for destroying the house promises to bring the gang more prestige than any of his schemes would have because it reflects an even more profound rebellion against ideas of class. This realization inspires his respect for T., and ensures his loyalty at the moment when the rest of the gang turns on T.

Blackie Quotes in The Destructors

The The Destructors quotes below are all either spoken by Blackie or refer to Blackie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of The Destructors published in 1993.
Part 1 Quotes

The gang met every morning in an impromptu car-park, the site of the last bomb of the first blitz. The leader, who was known as Blackie, claimed to have heard it fall, and no one was precise enough in his dates to point out that he would have been one year old and fast asleep on the down platform of Wormsley Common Underground Station.

Related Characters: Blackie
Page Number: 7
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He was just, he had no jealousy, he was anxious to retain T. in the gang if he could. It was the word 'beautiful' that worried him - that belonged to a class world that you could still see parodied at the Wormsley Common Empire by a man wearing a top hat and a monocle, with a haw-haw accent. He was tempted to say, 'My dear Trevor, old chap,' and unleash his hell hounds.

Related Characters: Trevor, or “T.”, Blackie
Related Symbols: Top Hat
Page Number: 10
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Part 2 Quotes

'Of course I don't hate him,' T. said. 'There'd be no fun if I hated him.' The last burning note illuminated his brooding face. 'All this hate and love,' he said,' it's soft, it’s hooey. There's only things, Blackie,' and he looked round the room crowded with the unfamiliar shadows of half things, broken things, former things. 'I’ll race you home, Blackie,' he said.

Page Number: 16
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Part 3 Quotes

T. stood with his back to the rubble like a boxer knocked groggy against the ropes. He had no words as his dreams shook and slid. Then Blackie acted before the gang had time to laugh, pushing Summers backward. 'I'll watch the front, T.,' he said, and cautiously he opened the shutters of the hall.

Related Characters: Blackie (speaker), Trevor, or “T.”, Summers
Page Number: 18
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Blackie Character Timeline in The Destructors

The timeline below shows where the character Blackie appears in The Destructors. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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...space. Their leader up until the events narrated in the story is a boy named Blackie, who claims to have heard the sound of destruction when the bombs fall even though... (full context)
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...him that the remaining house was designed by the important English architect Christopher Wren, but Blackie responds to this information with scorn. (full context)
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...pairs and see who can sneak past the most bus drivers to steal free rides. Blackie interrogates T. about where he has been and it slowly comes out that T. has... (full context)
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...Old Misery’s house while the old man is out of town for the three-day weekend. Blackie raises objections to this plan, saying that they could be sent to prison, but T.... (full context)
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Blackie walks away to ruminate on this sudden turn of events: he sees that T. has... (full context)
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...and leadership skill, instructs the boys to bring tools for the destruction the next day. Blackie promises to borrow a sledgehammer from the storage space of some construction workers, while Mike... (full context)
Part 2
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The next day, Blackie has difficulty locating the tools he has promised to bring, and arrives late. The weather... (full context)
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Walking through the house, Blackie notices how methodically the boys are working to destroy everything from the floors to the... (full context)
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...in the house. They agree to meet at eight the next morning, and everyone except Blackie and T. hops over the garden wall and goes home. (full context)
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T. shows Blackie the special thing he has found: seventy one-pound notes that Mike overlooked when he shredded... (full context)
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Instead, T. says that he and Blackie should burn the notes as a celebration. They burn the notes one by one as... (full context)
Part 3
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...him, even using his full name “Trevor.” But before the gang has time to laugh, Blackie throws his support behind T. by shoving Summers and volunteering to watch the front of... (full context)