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How is suspense created in the story "The Destructors?"

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The suspense begins when the narrator raises a question at the end of the second paragraph:

What but an odd quality of danger, of the unpredictable, established him in the gang without any ignoble ceremony of initiation?

The question is why Trevor, or "T" as the boys call him, is able to escape the humiliation of an initiation ritual to join their gang. T is established right away as a newcomer who possesses power over the others, and readers are left to wonder how T will wield that power and whether he will be challenged by the gang's former leader.

The suspense around T intensifies when he "one ups" Blackie by suggesting that instead of stealing free rides on the city buses, the gang will destroy Old Misery's house. It becomes clear that T's ideas are radical, and readers begin to wonder if the boys will agree to his audacious plan, whether they will tell Old Misery or another adult, or if the boys will be caught in the act.

When Old Misery comes home unexpectedly, readers wonder if the...

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