liable to sudden unpredictable change
Who would have guessed three months ago that
quicksilver Anne would have to sit so quietly for hours on end, and what’s more, that she could?
a method of writing rapidly
We have a nice treat in store: Bep’s ordered a correspondence course in
shorthand for Margot, Peter and me.
raise trivial objections
Another reason I welcome the change is that Mama’s always
carping at me, especially at the table.
the main part, especially of a force or shock
Now Margot will have to bear the
brunt of it.
a perfect embodiment of a concept
Or rather, won’t, since Mother doesn’t make such sarcastic remarks to her. Not to that
paragon of virtue!
a motley assortment of things
To end this
hodgepodge of news, a particularly amusing joke told by Mr. van Daan:
What goes click ninety-nine times and clack once?
A centipede with a clubfoot.
having a variety of colors
3 skeins of blue yarn (sweater, skirt) = 1.50
3 skeins of
variegated yarn (cap, scarf) = 1.50
causing or marked by grief or anguish
Miep’s accounts of these horrors are so
heartrending, and Miep is also very distraught.
quieted and brought under control
Bep is also very
subdued. Her boyfriend is being sent to Germany.
extremely annoying or displeasing
verging on the indecent
My descriptions are so
cultivated and genteel
He’s known to be quiet and
refined, and he seemed, from our superficial acquaintance with him, to be nice.
of little substance or significance
He’s known to be quiet and refined, and he seemed, from our
superficial acquaintance with him, to be nice.
a fictitious reason that conceals the real reason
pretext that the private office was needed for something else, Miep took Mr. Dussel upstairs, opened the bookcase and stepped inside, while Mr. Dussel looked on in amazement.
so surprised or shocked as to be unable to speak
Mr. Dussel sank into a chair and stared at us in
dumbstruck silence, as though he thought he could read the truth on our faces.
payment or reward for acts such as catching criminals
It’s impossible to escape their clutches unless you go into hiding. They often go around with lists, knocking only on those doors where they know there’s a big haul to be made. They frequently offer a
bounty, so much per head.
a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts
Yesterday I discovered a new
pastime: using a good pair of binoculars to peek into the lighted rooms of the neighbors.
a seven- or nine-branched candelabrum used in Jewish worship
Mr. van Daan made a
menorah out of wood, so that was taken care of too.
wearing or provided with clothing
Mr. van Daan,
clad in his wife’s apron and looking fatter than ever, was working away at the meat.
any painful disorder of the joints or muscles
rheumatism must have been bothering him because he was slightly hunched over and was keeping an eye on Mr. van Daan with an agonized expression on his face.
I couldn’t bear their sympathy or their good-humored
marked by casual disrespect
Everyone thinks I’m showing off when I talk, ridiculous when I’m silent,
insolent when I answer, cunning when I have a good idea, lazy when I’m tired, selfish when I eat one bite more than I should, stupid, cowardly, calculating, etc., etc.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Perhaps sometime I’ll treat the others with the same
contempt as they treat me.
the courage or spirit to carry on
I want to have more
accepting that everything that happens is inevitable
Mrs. van D. claims she’s
fatalistic. But who’s the most afraid when the guns go off? None other than Petronella van Daan.
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
I’ve learned two new words: “brothel” and “
being truly so called; real or genuine
veritable thunderstorm of words came crashing down on me again this morning.
firm in purpose or belief
resolute answer to his grumbling was, “After all, Anne is not an ex-soldier!”
a large number or amount or extent
Peter went to the attic with a flashlight and—scurry, scurry—-what do you think he saw running away? A whole
slew of enormous rats!
without change, in every case
Their paths crossed from time to time, which
invariably resulted in a fight.
without concealment or deception; honest
Gies & Co. still had some unaccounted-for thousand-guilder bills, which they used to pay their estimated taxes for the coming years, so everything seems to be
without rigor or strictness
Dussel is terribly
lax when it comes to obeying the rules of the house.
(of a liquid) agitated vigorously; in a state of turbulence
We agreed not to run any water or flush the toilet; but since everyone’s stomach was
churning from all the tension, you can imagine the stench after we’d each had a turn in the bathroom.
a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution
He gargles with camomile tea, coats the roof of his mouth with a
tincture of myrrh and rubs Mentholatum over, his chest, nose, gums and tongue.
the most important person in a group or undertaking
Rauter, some German
bigwig, recently gave a speech.
a period of illness
First, Mr. Kleiman, our merry sunshine, had another
bout of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging yesterday and will have to stay in bed for at least three weeks.
lose blood from one's body
First, Mr. Kleiman, our merry sunshine, had another bout of gastrointestinal
hemorrhaging yesterday and will have to stay in bed for at least three weeks.
lacking what is considerate in dealing with others
She’s the one whose
tactless comments and cruel jokes about matters I don’t think are funny have made me insensitive to any sign of love on her part.
remote in manner
For my part, I will continue to remain silent and
aloof, and I don’t intend to shrink from the truth, because the longer it’s postponed, the harder it will be for them to accept it when they do hear it!
an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
Breakfast consists of plain, unbuttered bread and