April 1944 Notes from The Diary of Anne Frank

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The Diary of Anne Frank April 1944

Sunday, 1 April, 1944

She longs for a kiss and wonders if Peter thinks of her as just a friend. She is not used to sharing her troubles with someone, yet she would like to put her head on his shoulder.

Monday, 3 April, 1944

Anne writes of "food cycles," where they have so much of one food that they eat it constantly. Yet they enjoy their poor meals because they are alive.

Tuesday, 4 April, 1944

Anne is upset that she is so behind in her studies. She wants to be a journalist, not a housewife like Mummy and Mrs. Van Daan.

"I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift, this possibility of developing myself and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn." Tuesday, 4 April, 1944, pg. 177

Topic Tracking: Optimism 20

Thursday, 6 April, 1944

Anne's hobbies are writing, family trees, history, mythology, film stars and family photos, reading, poets, and art. She only hates math.

Tuesday, 11 April, 1944

Sunday Anne and Peter listen to Mozart. Dussel is upset that they used his cushion so they put hard brushes in his bed as revenge. Burglars make a large hole in the door and the families have to wait in fear and silence for two days. Anne wishes for a time when they will all be people again, not just Jews. God will raise them from suffering, as God has always done, and someday, all the world will learn goodness from them. She wishes to become Dutch after the war. She knows she is stronger and more independent than Mummy.

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Friday, 14 April, 1944

Anne feels sentimental when she hears the birds singing and sees the trees, sun, and blue sky. She knows that her work, optimism, and courage keep her from complaining and being grumpy and dissatisfied like everyone else: "If the truth is told, things are just as bad as you yourself care to make them." Friday, 14 April, 1944, pg. 188 She doubts that anyone will be interested in publishing her messy thoughts after the war.

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Saturday, 15 April, 1944

Peter puts them in extreme danger by accidentally locking Kraler and other men out of the house. Everyone is very upset with him. Anne wants to console him.

Sunday, 16 April, 1944

She and Peter sit with his arm around her and her head on his shoulder. He touches her hair and face and kisses her on the cheek. She is absolutely ecstatic.

Monday, 17 April, 1944

She knows that Mummy and Daddy would not approve of her kissing a boy without talk of marriage, but she wants to follow her heart because it makes her happy.

Tuesday, 18 April, 1944

Daddy expects large-scale operations in Russia and Italy, which could lead to liberation. Anne and Peter kiss again. Anne loves the spring, and Elli brings them flowers.

Wednesday, 19 April, 1944

Anne thinks there is nothing more wonderful than sitting before an open window watching spring with Peter in her arms. She is completely tranquil.

Friday, 21 April, 1944

A warehouseman is suspected of burglary and blames Elli. Anne wants to send some of her stories to a paper for publication under a pseudonym.

Tuesday, 25 April, 1944

Dussel sits in the front office even though it is unsafe. Daddy and Van Daan are furious.

Thursday, 27 April, 1944

Anne translates a piece from Dutch to English, studies history, and reads about Brazil, a family tree, the Church, monkeys, the Bible, Charles V, French verbs, and Mississippi.

Friday, 28 April, 1944

She recalls her dream about Peter Wessel and feels the same intensity with Peter. She feels like two Annes: reckless vs. loving and gentle. She wonders if he can tell. They kiss and she wonders if she is letting herself go too much, for Peter has turned her inside out. She knows that she is beyond her years, but she is tormented by the battle of heart and reason.

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