Trevor and Nicholas, the major characters of two distinct texts have very similar personality traits and characteristics. At first the boys emerge to have very dissimilar intentions in mind; ambitions that drive their hearts, bodies and souls to strive towards achieving their desires. However, as the texts progress the reader becomes more conscious of the truth. As the two boys are introduced, the first impression created, suggests that they are complete opposites in terms of intentions. It is evident that Nicholas is an appreciator while Trevor displays a more detrimental nature.
The ironic statement, “Destruction is after-all a form of creation,” contradicts our beliefs, questions our ability of judgment and makes us doubt, think and consider. Is Trevor in fact a creator, an appreciator? Appreciation is the expression of gratitude and admiration. It’s a beautiful house! ” Trevor exclaims as, “He licks his lips one way, and then the other,” hungry and craving for old-misery’s house. T’s father was an architect and accordingly ‘T’ seemed to have adopted a similar passion, for everything within Mr. Thomas’s house from the panelling, to the staircase, to the floor.
‘T’ acknowledged and admired old misery’s prize possession in every respect. Nicholas colossally cherishes the, “golden minutes,” spent in the lumber room and yet again beauty is enjoyed, esteemed and valued. “A peace of framed tapestry that was evidently meant to be a fire screen,” is far beyond just that, it is, “a living breathing story,” for Nicholas. Nicholas is overwhelmed by the exquisiteness of the products that were sequestered, abandoned, and locked away from the world, “There were wonderful things for the eye to feast on,” and his eyes are famished and yearning to devour all they can and more.
Curiosity, inquisitiveness is another characteristic that inhabits both the boys. Nicholas was epically engrossed in discovering what the lumber-room held captive; in turn a calculated and visionary plan was devised. “Nicholas peeped into it, and, behold,” his inquiring and spontaneous nature lures him into the forbidden room, and he is unable to do anything but surrender to the intense vigour of temptation. He feeds his curiosity and is joyful when tasting the sweet, inexpressible taste of fulfilment.
Correspondingly, ‘T’ an innocent child suffering and victimized by an inconsiderate, insensitive society is enthralled by Old Misery’s, “crippled house”. His curiosity escorting him, luring him to become acquainted with Mr. Thomas’s residence culminating in the shape of a mission of annihilation. “He protested with the fury of the child he had never been,” Greene suggests that ‘T’ had never demonstrated typical childish behaviours and implies that his conduct and outlook is far more mature than would be anticipated of him at such a young age.
His ability to manipulate and control others is witnessed throughout the story. The way he manages to overthrow the leader, “Blackie,” and take control of the gang assigning each worker to a particular assignment emphasises his power and challenging nature. Moreover, as Nicholas is preparing to execute his plan his youthfulness is revealed, “Nicholas had not much experience of the art of fitting keys in keyholes”. He displays similar precautious peculiarity, he decides to challenge and exploit the assumption of adults being “older, wiser and better”.