The Destructors

Trevor, or “T.” Character Analysis

T. is a brooding, unhappy, rebellious adolescent and the newest member of the Wormsley Common Gang. He comes from a wealthier background than the other boys, but his parents have lost their place in society and moved to the neighborhood. This, and the sense that T. is more caught up in his own thoughts than he is in the way he is seen by others, sets him apart from the other boys. When T. first joins the gang, he is generally silent, but the way he carries himself impresses the other boys. He learns from his father that Mr. Thomas’s house was built by a famous architect and becomes the leader of the group by suggesting the audacious plan to destroy the house. Although T. is determined to destroy Mr. Thomas’s house, it is not out of malice towards the old man, but because of a desire to rebel against the older generation’s materialism and belief in the superiority of the upper classes.

Trevor, or “T.” Quotes in The Destructors

The The Destructors quotes below are all either spoken by Trevor, or “T.” or refer to Trevor, or “T.”. 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

There was every reason why T., as he was afterwards referred to, should have been an object of mockery - there was his name (and they substituted the initial because otherwise they had no excuse not to laugh at it), the fact that his father, a former architect and present clerk, had 'come down in the world' and that his mother considered herself better than the neighbours. What but an odd quality of danger, of the unpredictable, established him in the gang without any ignoble ceremony of initiation?

Related Characters: Trevor, or “T.”
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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T. was giving his orders with decision: it was as though this plan had been with him all his life, pondered through the seasons, now in his fifteenth year crystallized with the pain of puberty.

Related Characters: Trevor, or “T.”
Page Number: 12
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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.

Related Characters: Trevor, or “T.” (speaker), Blackie, Mr. Thomas, or “Old Misery”
Page Number: 16
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Part 3 Quotes

'Oh no, we haven't. Anybody could do this -' 'this' was the shattered hollowed house with nothing left but the walls. Yet walls could be preserved. Facades were valuable. They could build inside again more beautifully than before. This could again be a home. He said angrily, 'We've got to finish. Don’t move. Let me think.'

Related Characters: Trevor, or “T.” (speaker)
Page Number: 17
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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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He said to the boy beside him, 'I'm not unreasonable. Been a boy myself. As long as things are done regular. I don't mind you playing round the place Saturday mornings. Sometimes I like company. Only it's got to be regular. One of you asks leave and I say Yes. Sometimes I'll say No. Won't feel like it. And you come in at the front door and out at the back. No garden walls.'

Related Characters: Mr. Thomas, or “Old Misery” (speaker), Trevor, or “T.”
Page Number: 19
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Trevor, or “T.” Character Timeline in The Destructors

The timeline below shows where the character Trevor, or “T.” appears in The Destructors. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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...because the menacing way he carries himself inspires their respect, they call the new boy “T.” and allow him to enter the group without going through any humiliating process of induction. (full context)
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T. surprises the group when he breaks his customary silence to tell them that his father,... (full context)
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The next day T. arrives late to the lot, after the rest of the boys have already put an... (full context)
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T. reveals that he has a plan for a prank that will surpass all the gang’s... (full context)
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Blackie walks away to ruminate on this sudden turn of events: he sees that T. has replaced him as the leader of the gang. At first he considers abandoning the... (full context)
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T., who suddenly seems to be filled with confidence and leadership skill, instructs the boys to... (full context)
Part 2
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...abandoned as he approaches it and he wonders if the gang has given up on T.’s idea. But once he comes close, he can hear the sounds of destruction going on... (full context)
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...working to destroy everything from the floors to the banisters, while leaving the walls intact. T. is the only one not working, he is sitting in the non-functioning bathroom listening to... (full context)
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...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... (full context)
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Instead, T. says that he and Blackie should burn the notes as a celebration. They burn the... (full context)
Part 3
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...sounds. Summers has become bored and wants to go play on the slot machines, but T. tells him that they are nowhere near finished. The next step is to get each... (full context)
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...away before they get caught, and the rest of the boys seem to agree, but T. is adamant that they finish destroying the house. He says two boys should run to... (full context)
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Mr. Thomas is indignant that his property has been broken into, but realizes he recognizes T. from when he showed the boy around his house. T. hurries Mr. Thomas, who can... (full context)
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Mr. Thomas stumbles, but T. catches him and Mr. Thomas automatically thanks T. Mr. Thomas tells T. that he likes... (full context)
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...lavatory, Mr. Thomas asks what is wrong, but receives no reply from the boy inside. T. suggests that the boy may have fainted, and Mr. Thomas yanks open the door. He... (full context)