Why did the gang want to destroy Mr.Thomas' house in The Destructors by Graham Greene?

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The members of the Wormsley Common gang in Graham Greene’s short story “The Destructors” did not really know why they wanted to destroy “Old Misery’s” house—a structure that heretofore had survived repeated German bombing raids. The gang, led by Blackie, had been accustomed to fairly harmless or victimless activities, like bouncing a ball against Old Misery’s walls and cheating the local bus service by stealing free rides. The introduction of Trevor, or T., as he became known among the gang, changed the nature of the gang’s raison d’etre . The brooding, somewhat alienated T. exhibited leadership abilities that usurped those of Blackie, but those abilities came packaged with an apparently sociopathic tendency. T.’s idea of methodically destroying Old Misery’s house, then, represented a radical departure from the gang’s previous activities. That his idea and its execution were conceptualized and carried out for no real purpose is precisely why Graham’s story is...

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