FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1944
- Anne’s life now has an object: Peter.
- Anne hopes to run into Peter whenever she goes upstairs. Although she admits she’s not falling in love with him, she has high hopes for a good friendship.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1944
- Anne feels lonely and dejected. She cries, longing for Peter, longing for deeper interactions.
- She’s worried Peter doesn’t like her after all and has just been being polite.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1944
- Anne describes the Annex inmates’ Sunday morning routines.
- She hates Mr. Dussel’s routine. He washes himself for an hour, thumps around loudly, and then she has to watch him pray for an hour in their room.
- The Franks wait for their turn for the bathroom.
- Anne and Margot do the laundry.
- Everyone has breakfast together then goes about their separate business.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1944
- Anne is a little happier today because the weather is good and because it seems like she and Peter have some connection again.
- The weather is so beautiful that Anne feels she can’t be sad.
- At the end of her journal entry, Anne writes a note to Peter about how happiness cannot be destroyed by bad circumstances. Happiness can be reduced, but it will always be able to return.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1944
- Anne thinks of nothing else but Peter. She’s sure they understand each other perfectly and experience many of the same feelings. She can’t wait for him to be able to open himself up to her more.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1944
- Peter Schiff and Peter van Daan have grown into the same person in Anne’s mind.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1944
- Another burglary. The Annex members think the burglar must have had a duplicate key to the office. The thief stole a briefcase and a projector.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1944
- Bep tries to tell Anne’s mother and Mrs. van Daan about her problems but they don’t understand and give her what Anne thinks is pathetic advice.
- Mrs. Frank is jealous that Anne talks to Mrs. van Daan more than to her own mother.
- Peter tells Anne about his frustrations with his parents and how they fight all the time. Anne lets him know that the Franks don’t like his parents much either. (That must have bit a bit uncomfortable.)
- Peter thinks Anne’s dad is a "terrific guy."
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 1944
- Peter and Anne have a rather silly flirtatious conversation that indicates their growing affection for each other. Every word spoken between them now drips with meaning for Anne. She is heavy into this crush now.
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 1944
- Anne admits that this is the first Saturday in the Secret Annex that hasn’t been dreary, dull, and long. The reason: Peter.
- Mr. van Daan teases her, asking if he can trust her up there in the attic with Peter alone. She answers, "Of course!"
MONDAY, MARCH 6, 1944
- Anne longs to be a better friend to Peter and ease his loneliness. She’s very motherly and wants desperately for him to be happy. She also attributes a lot of thoughts and feelings to him and it’s not clear if they’re really in his mind or not.
- Anne is greatly enjoying the challenge of trying to draw Peter out (and get him to fall in love with her).
- Anne now finds all of Peter’s awkwardness and shyness to be adorable.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 1944
- Anne reflects on how much she has changed since she went into hiding. She is no longer just the flirtatious little Anne who wanted to have fun. You should definitely read her description of herself. It’s pretty funny, especially how she says she was "magnanimous with my candy."
- Anne sees herself as a completely different girl from the one she used to be. Now she "want[s] friends, not admirers."
- She reviews all of her growth in the past two years. This is a great part to reread.
- Anne is definitely happy today. She thinks there is so much beauty left in the world that everyone can be happy.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1944
- Anne and Margot are writing fun notes to each other. The latest is about Mr. Dussel’s annoying snoring.
- Anne starts dreaming about kissing Peter, but in her dreams something always goes wrong, like his cheeks aren’t as soft as she’d hoped!
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1944
- Lots of bad things have happened today. Here goes:
- Miep is sick.
- The person who used to deliver their food got arrested, which is even more tragic because he has a large family to support.
- Someone knocked on the wall from the building next door, which terrified the Secret Annex group.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 1944
- Anne is feeling sad because Peter seems to be ignoring her. Is he angry about something? She’s worried that she might have been smothering him and is second guessing all of her behavior toward him.
- Margot wants Anne to confide in her more. Anne would rather stick to the journal.
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 1944
- Food is so scarce that the Secret Annex members are now resorting to eating rotten food—in this case, kale that has been in the barrel for a year.
- The people who supplied their food are all arrested, and Bep can’t keep up with the necessary grocery shopping, since all of the other protectors are sick.
- Anne describes how everybody is coping with the situation, and it doesn’t sound pretty. Everyone thinks only about himself or herself—except for Mr. Frank, who is considerate and optimistic.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 1944
- Mr. Kugler has been called up by the Germans to go digging (whatever it is the Germans seem to want dug), but he’s very sick.
- Mr. Kleiman’s gastrointestinal problems are even worse.
- They hear from Bep about how doctors are so busy now, they just want to hear symptoms over the phone and then will diagnose—they don’t even want to see the patient.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 1944 (SECOND ENTRY)
- Anne needs some alone time but can never escape all of the people.
- She feels like she’s withdrawing more and more from her family members emotionally.
- Anne longs to talk to Peter, to discuss their situation, their feelings for each other. But, she resolves, he must be the one to start the conversation. If only she could write to him, though