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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quotes

Quote #1

Whenever I go upstairs, it’s always so I can see "him." Now that I have something to look forward to, my life here has improved greatly. (2/18/1944.1)

Some readers believe that Anne begins to explore her new feelings for Peter van Daan out a need for something pleasant in her life rather than out of genuine interest in him. Even if that’s true, they learn to comfort each other in a time of great need. That might not be a Hollywood romance, but it sounds like some kind of love to us.

Quote #2

Peter Schiff and Peter van Daan have melted into one Peter, who’s good and kind and whom I long for desperately. (2/28/1944.2)

Not surprisingly under the circumstances, Anne is getting her fantasy life and her real life all mixed up. We wonder if Peter’s diary, if he had one, would hold a similar entry.

Quote #3

In the meantime, things are getting more and more wonderful here. I think, Kitty, that true love may be developing in the Annex. All those jokes about marrying Peter if we stayed here long enough weren’t so silly after all. Not that I’m thinking of marrying him, mind you. I don’t even know what he’ll be like when he grows up. Or if we’ll even love each other enough to get married. (3/22/1944.2)

As usual, Anne is a blend of practicality and high emotion when it comes to love. She delights in the idea of true love, but knows that people change. She seems to view love as existing in stages, with only a very high stage being worthy of marriage. Is this similar or different from your own views on love? How?

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