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Thursday is a nameless villain from the book Shadow of the Gallows by Terry Deary. He is an Irish Fenian, who plans to murder Queen Victoria during her visit in Edinburgh. His accomplices are Sunday and Tuesday. They hate Victoria, because they believe she did nothing for the Irish people during the Great Famine in Ireland and gave only five pounds to help them.

About the character

He is described as an old widower with a tragic face and Irish accent. He joins the group when his son Michael Barrett is sentenced to death for destroying the prison wall and killing 12 people. Thursday thinks that his son was in Glasgow during the explosion, as witnesses also said at the court, but judges didn't believe them. Thursday is also the one who threw the bomb on the train.

History

WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW

He and his accomplices meet in Sunday's house in Edinburgh to plan to murder Queen Victoria during her short visit in the town. Sunday got a bomb earlier and plans to throw it on Victoria's train to blow her up. However, they don't know someone is listening to their plan. There is a small thief, Bairn, in the room where they are planning. He tried to rob Sunday's house, but was interrupted by the Fenians. Suddenly, the police rushed into the house to arrest Bairn, as Rachel Mackay informed them about him. Bairn tries to escape, but Thursday hits his head and the boy forgets everything he heard.

Later, the Fenians are testing their bomb and find out it takes three seconds to blow up.

On the big day, the Fenians are waiting for the train on the bridge. Suddenly, Kitty Bruce and Bairn appear to stop them. They introduce themselves as Wednesday and Friday and give the Fenians "more powerful bomb" which is actually an aquarium, black from carbon black. The Fenians suspect nothing and Thursday throws the aquarium instead. Needless to say, it doesn't blow up. Kitty and Bairn run to a nearest policeman, but the Fenians flee meanwhile.

Behind the Laughter

  • The story of Michael Barrett and the explosion he caused is real, but "his father" Sunday and his accomplices, trying to murder Queen Victoria, are fictional.

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