"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944

While in hiding with her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank kept a diary of her experiences. Published after Anne's death in a Nazi concentration camp, the diary remains a powerful testament to the everyday horrors of the Holocaust.

Here are links to our lists for the book: June 12, 1942–September 29, 1942, October 1, 1942–April 27, 1943, May 1, 1943–December 29, 1943, January 2, 1944–April 6, 1944, April 11, 1944–August 1, 1944
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  1. mercurial
    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.
  2. bashful
    self-consciously timid
    It gave me a wonderful feeling when I looked into his dark blue eyes and saw how bashful my unexpected visit had made him.
  3. unrequited
    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.
  4. ruddy
    inclined to a healthy reddish color
    He had dark hair, beautiful brown eyes, ruddy cheeks and a nicely pointed nose.
  5. ensemble
    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 ensemble.
  6. pensive
    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.
  7. underhanded
    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.
  8. provoke
    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.
  9. proverb
    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.”
  10. impartial
    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 impartial opinion.
  11. deftly
    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.
  12. ulterior
    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 ulterior motives.
  13. worldly
    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.
  14. indulgence
    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.
  15. fare
    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.
  16. banter
    light teasing repartee
    This lighthearted banter is all very amusing, but reality will prove otherwise.
  17. explicit
    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.”
  18. dejected
    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 dejected.
  19. don
    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.
  20. solace
    comfort in disappointment or misery
    As long as this exists, and that should be forever, I know that there will be solace for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances.
  21. despondent
    without or almost without hope
    I’m despondent and foolish, I’m sentimental, I know that too.
  22. solitude
    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.
  23. feigned
    not genuine
    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.
  24. magnanimous
    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.
  25. facade
    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.
  26. impudent
    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.
  27. tedious
    so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
    But that’s just it: this tedious existence is starting to make us all disagreeable.
  28. fend
    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...”
  29. amends
    something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
    So why don’t they try to make amends by asking them what’s what?
  30. alienated
    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.
  31. respectively
    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.
  32. candid
    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).
  33. disparaging
    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!
  34. crone
    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 crone myself!
  35. goad
    provoke as by constant criticism
    Pst, pst, like a cat luring a mouse from its hole, they goad each other into quarrels and dissent.
  36. dissent
    a difference of opinion
    Pst, pst, like a cat luring a mouse from its hole, they goad each other into quarrels and dissent.
  37. begrudge
    be envious of or feel annoyance toward
    Father doesn’t begrudge us those few hours and thinks it’s nice we get along so well.
  38. surmount
    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.
  39. fervently
    with strong emotion or zeal
    I slid to the floor in my nightgown and began by saying my prayers, very fervently.
  40. bemoan
    regret strongly
    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.

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