keep trying to find a way to becomewhat I’d like to be and what I could be if . . . if only there wereno other people in the world.

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Tensions in the annex run high after the break-in, andno one can shake the feeling of impending doom. On top of that,Peter forgets to unbolt the front door, so Mr. Kugler has to smashthe window to get in. The air raids on the city are incredibly heavy.The Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in The Hague is bombed,requiring new ration cards to be issued.

On April 15, 1944,Anne gets her first kiss. Although Peter only kisses her “half on left cheek, half on ear,” Anne suddenly feels she isvery advanced for her age. She writes that the longer the war dragson, the more difficulty she has imagining ever being liberated.Anne talks to Peter about female anatomy, which she has wanted himto do for a while. She then muses about trying to have a fairy-talepublished in a magazine.

Anne writes about her schoolwork and also includes thefamily’s war-ration recipe for potato kugel in her diary. She asksPeter if he thinks she should tell her father about their relationship,and he believes they should. Mr. Frank says that he thinks it isnot a good idea to carry on a romance in the annex, and he asksAnne if Peter is in love with her. Mr. Frank tells her not to takeit too seriously and that it is her responsibility to show restraint.

Anne wonders about the point of the war and laments that moneyis being spent on fighting rather than on medicine, the poor, andthe arts. She reflects on human nature and concludes that until allof humanity undergoes a profound change, people’s tendencies towardviolence will lead to endless wars and destruction. Anne writesthat she is “young and strong and living through a big adventure.”Her father complains that she is going upstairs to see Peter toomuch. Anne wants to explain why she visits Peter a lot, so she writesher father a letter, which makes him very upset. He tells her it isthe most hurtful letter he has ever received. Anne feels deeply ashamedand decides to try to improve herself.

Anne tells her diary the story of her family, includingher parents’ biographies. She writes that her wish is to becomea famous journalist and writer. Mr. Frank has lost a bet with Mrs.van Daan about when the war will end, so he has to give her fivejars of yogurt in payment. Anne hears that anti-Semitism is becomingmore common among the Dutch, and she is deeply disheartened. Shegrows depressed again and wonders if it would not have been betterto suffer a quick death rather than go into hiding. She counteractsthis thought by writing that they all love life too much.

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On June 6, 1944,D-Day, the BBC announces that the Allied invasion of France hasbegun. The residents of the annex are very excited. Anne turns fifteenand writes that the liberation is going “splendidly.” Her mood improves,and she contemplates her love for nature and the question of whywomen are thought of as inferior to men. Near the end of July, Annewrites about an assassination attempt on Hitler and hopes it isproof that the Germans want to stop the war themselves. On August 1, 1944,Anne describes her new insights into her own character and musesthat perhaps she could become the kind of person she wants to be“if only there were no other people in the world.” Anne’s diaryends abruptly.