liable to sudden unpredictable change
I was suffering then (and still do) from moods that kept my head under water (figuratively speaking) and allowed me to see things only from my own perspective, without calmly considering what the others—those whom I, with my
mercurial temperament, had hurt or offended—had said, and then acting as they would have done.
It gave me a wonderful feeling when I looked into his dark blue eyes and saw how
bashful my unexpected visit had made him.
not returned in kind
For a long time we went everywhere together, but aside from that, my love was
unrequited until Peter crossed my path.
inclined to a healthy reddish color
He had dark hair, beautiful brown eyes,
ruddy cheeks and a nicely pointed nose.
a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
I’ve made an ultramodern dance costume out of a lacy lavender slip belonging to Momsy. Bias tape is threaded through the top and tied just above the bust. A pink corded ribbon completes the
deeply or seriously thoughtful
I’d arrive home in high spirits, chatting nineteen to the dozen, until the events of the morning would repeat themselves and I’d leave the room with my schoolbag in my hand and a
pensive look on my face.
marked by deception
She may be selfish, stingy and
underhanded, but she’ll readily back down as long as you don’t provoke her and make her unreasonable.
annoy continually or chronically
She may be selfish, stingy and underhanded, but she’ll readily back down as long as you don’t
provoke her and make her unreasonable.
a condensed but memorable saying embodying an important fact
I want to take a fresh look at things and form my own opinion, not just ape my parents, as in the
proverb “The apple never falls far from the tree.”
free from undue bias or preconceived opinions
I’ll take every opportunity to speak openly to Mrs. van D. about our many differences and not be afraid—despite my reputation as a smart aleck—to offer my
in an agile manner
Without any preliminaries, he picked up the cat, turned him over on his back,
deftly held his head and paws and began the lesson.
lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed
But Peter went on talking in a normal voice about what is otherwise a very awkward subject. Nor did he have any
characteristic of secularity rather than spirituality
Mr. Kugler makes me happy every Monday by bringing me a copy of Cinema & Theater magazine. The less
worldly members of our household often refer to this small indulgence as a waste of money, yet they never fail to be surprised at how accurately I can list the actors in any given movie, even after a year.
the act of gratifying a desire
Mr. Kugler makes me happy every Monday by bringing me a copy of Cinema & Theater magazine. The less worldly members of our household often refer to this small
indulgence as a waste of money, yet they never fail to be surprised at how accurately I can list the actors in any given movie, even after a year.
the food and drink regularly served or consumed
This morning I was wondering whether you ever felt like a cow, having to chew my stale news over and over again until you’re so fed up with the monotonous
fare that you yawn and secretly wish Anne would dig up something new.
light teasing repartee
banter is all very amusing, but reality will prove otherwise.
precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable
A good example of the
explicit warnings of the male contingent is the following conversation with Jan:
Annex: “We’re afraid that when the Germans retreat, they’ll take the entire population with them.”
Jan: “That’s impossible. They haven’t got enough trains.”
affected or marked by low spirits
I sat there on the toilet, fully dressed, long after I was through, my tears leaving dark spots on the red of my apron, and I felt utterly
put on clothes
Mrs. van D.
dons a long apron, a black wool jacket and overshoes, winds a red wool scarf around her head, scoops up a bundle of dirty laundry and, with a well-rehearsed washerwoman’s nod, heads downstairs.
comfort offered to one who is disappointed or miserable
As long as this exists, and that should be forever, I know that there will be
solace for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances.
without or almost without hope
despondent and foolish, I’m sentimental, I know that too.
the state or situation of being alone
He clings to his masculinity, his
solitude and his feigned indifference so he can maintain his role, so he’ll never, ever have to show his feelings.
He clings to his masculinity, his solitude and his
feigned indifference so he can maintain his role, so he’ll never, ever have to show his feelings.
noble and generous in spirit
I would never have refused anyone who wanted to peek at my answers, I was
magnanimous with my candy, and I wasn’t stuck-up.
a showy misrepresentation to conceal something unpleasant
I have the hardest time trying to maintain a normal
facade when I’m feeling so wretched and sad.
improperly forward or bold
I pour my heart out to you, and the rest of the time I’m as
impudent, cheerful and self-confident as possible to avoid questions and keep from getting on my own nerves.
so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
But that’s just it: this
tedious existence is starting to make us all disagreeable.
try to manage without help
All I’ve been hearing today is: “If this and that happens, we’re in trouble, and if so-and-so gets sick, we’ll be left to
fend for ourselves, and if...”
something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
So why don’t they try to make
amends by asking them what’s what?
caused to be unloved
First we talked about the quarrels and how I see them in a very different light these days, and then about how we’ve become
alienated from our parents.
in the order given
Neither he nor I had ever imagined we’d be able to talk so openly to a girl or a boy,
respectively, about such intimate matters.
openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness
Father and Mother’s biggest mistake in dealing with the van Daans is that they’re never
candid and friendly (admittedly, the friendliness might have to be feigned).
expressive of low opinion
It annoys a certain lady that her spouse has such supreme faith in the British, and a certain husband attacks his wife because of her teasing and
disparaging remarks about his beloved nation!
an ugly, evil-looking old woman
It’s getting to be a bore, and it’s all I can do to keep from turning into a dreary old
provoke as by constant criticism
Pst, pst, like a cat luring a mouse from its hole, they
goad each other into quarrels and dissent.
a difference of opinion
Pst, pst, like a cat luring a mouse from its hole, they goad each other into quarrels and
be envious of or feel annoyance toward
begrudge us those few hours and thinks it’s nice we get along so well.
get on top of; deal with successfully
Oh, when will we overcome all these difficulties? And yet it’s good that we have to
surmount them, since it makes the end that much more beautiful.
with strong emotion or zeal
I slid to the floor in my nightgown and began by saying my prayers, very
Unless you write yourself, you can’t know how wonderful it is; I always used to
bemoan the fact that I couldn’t draw, but now I’m overjoyed that at least I can write.