Anne Frank wrote in her diary, "You only get to know people when you've had jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters." What made her say so? Explain with reference to Mrs. Van Daan's outburst on the subject of her modesty.

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Anne doesn't get on with Mrs. Van Daan. She sees her as an interfering busybody who's always sticking her nose into other people's business. Tensions between the two steadily rise until, in September 1942, they have a blazing row, during which Mrs. Van Daan loudly proclaims how modest and retiring she is. Though deeply unpleasant, her outburst is instructive as it tells Anne a lot about the woman's character. If someone genuinely is modest and retiring, like Anne's father Otto, for example, they don't go round bragging about it. The row reveals Mrs. Van Daan's true colors. Anne now finally knows just what kind of a person Mrs....

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