The Wormsley Common Car-Park Gang

The Wormsley Common car-park gang were a group of adolescent delinquents who committed petty crimes to amuse themselves and were as customary as any other gang around London post the Second World War, that is, until they were joined by a new member. “It was the eve of the August Bank Holiday that the latest recruit became the leader of the Wormsley Common Gang”. This statement, as the opening line, introduces us to an atmosphere of conflict as Blackie, was the eldest of the gang and understood leader.So the prelude of another dominant character naturally conveys conflict. This is precisely the threat that T. imposed as soon as he appeared, and due to his presentation of his idea of destruction, his contrast to the other members of the gang became clearly visible and therefore became a challenger to Blackie’s “throne”.T’s arrival to the gang was extremely distinctive compared to those previous to him joining the gang. He was instantly accepted and welcomed by the boys whereas usually a new recruit would have to of endured “a ceremony of initiation” in which they would have to prove their loyalty to the gang.This action of acceptance towards T. undoubtedly shows the gang’s strange yet fear ruled respect for him. The gang respected T’s silence, as he never wasted a word, he was cool, collected and confident. His confidence was new and immediately recognised by the boys of the gang.was not only because he was a lot older than the rest of them, but also his self-assurance, startling confidence and never feeling the need to speak unless spoken to, was realised instantly and forthwith he was respected.Compared with the rest of the gang, T. should have been a victim of mockery as he had many qualities that were deviant when related to his surroundings. To begin with, his name was Trevor; this name was uncommon in poverty stricken areas of London, and would have easily given away his middle class upbringing and origin, so in normal circumstances, he would have therefore been a target of ridicule.Then, there was the fact that his father, who had once been an established and honourable architect, was now a clerk and “had come down in the world”, which would have been an incentive of bullying. Moreover, there was then his mother, who was obviously having problems dealing with the fact that her family were no longer recognised as aristocratic and were now living in the slums of London. We know this due to the author’s notation of “his mother considered herself better than the neighbours”, which leads us to believe that she may have made a show of herself in front of the neighbours whilst coming to terms with a change of environment.An apparent display of respect for T. by the gang, among many others, was the act of shortening his name from Trevor to T. The purpose of this action was that the gang felt the need to do so because then they would have no excuse to laugh at him. The name Trevor revealed his admirable foundation. This procedure shows the unfaultered confidence of T. as not only was it not his idea to shorten his name, he didn’t seem to be at all bothered, remaining completely self-assured as always, not even slightly embarrassed when telling the gang his name for the first time.When compared with the rest of the group T. was blatantly different, standing out amongst his so-called friends. He held many qualities that distinguished him from his surroundings, such as his apparent maturity, his education and speech, and conclusively his up bringing and manners.T’s education and intellectual interests shone through literally whenever he spoke. The language he used was much more distinguished than that of the other boys in the gang and his knowledge of literature and architecture was clearly fluent as he conveyed interest in his environments.” ‘Wren built that house, Father says,’ T. stated‘Who’s Wren?’‘The man that built St. Paul’s.’‘Who cares?’ Blackie said. “This quotation overtly shows T’s roots. Within it, he has conveyed many points of intelligent interest as he took notice of what his father notified him, became interested in it and remembered it. His wisdom of who Wren was and of his work was undoubtedly to do with the fact that his father was once an architect himself, but the certainty that T. had even brought it up in conversation shows his astonishing knowledge at his young age. Blackie’s dismissal of T’s remark exhibits the lack of his education or schooling as not only did he discard the remark without even thinking, he did not question T. of his knowledge or even show any interest. This action only even more shows the apparent difference between T. and his fellow gang members in the department of intelligence.T’s language is undoubtedly much more refined than that of the remainder of the gang, as not only did he not squander words on mindless chatter “there were possibilities about his brooding silence that all recognised. He never wasted a single word even to tell his name”, he seemed and remained confident enough to hold his own, without feeling the need to make small talk to fit in.” T. said ‘It’s a beautiful house,’‘What do you mean, a beautiful house?’ Blackie asked with scorn.This quotation yet again proves the difference between T. and his friends. In the quote he uses the word “beautiful”, which was extremely unusual for an adolescent boy living in East London to be using. Unintentionally, T. accidentally keeps revealing segments of his past, by using the structured and composed language that he does and demonstrating his knowledge on adult matters.When T. narrates his encounter of being inside of Old Misery’s house, describing every inch of it with careful detail, the gang automatically assumes that he had broken in.” Blackie asked hopefully, ‘Did you break in?’‘ No. I rang the bell,’‘ And what did you say?’‘ I said I wanted to see his house,’ “This quote shows that this was not that case as T. reports that he actually rang the doorbell, and asked for permission to look around the house that was famous in the area. This shows the reasoning in T. when compared with the boys as they had immediately presumed that he had broken in when instead he had asked to look around so that he could plan the careful destruction of the house.