In The Diary of Anne Frank, why does Mrs. Frank want to make the Van Daans leave the attic?

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The Van Daans are difficult neighbors by any standards. Mr. Van Daan is temperamental, querulous, and entitled. Mrs. Van Daan, a shallow, materialistic woman, constantly complains and rails at him (and Anne, for that matter). These would be unattractive characteristics in any neighbors, but the Franks and the Van Daans...

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The Van Daans are difficult neighbors by any standards. Mr. Van Daan is temperamental, querulous, and entitled. Mrs. Van Daan, a shallow, materialistic woman, constantly complains and rails at him (and Anne, for that matter). These would be unattractive characteristics in any neighbors, but the Franks and the Van Daans obviously live in uncomfortably close quarters and, given the precarious living situation of both families, the behavior of the Van Daans could prove fatal.

The crisis comes when Mr. Van Daan steals some bread from the storage box. Mrs. Frank, normally even-tempered and reasonable, insists that the Van Daans leave the annex, since they can no longer be trusted to act with even the most basic decency. When Mr. Frank points out that this would almost certainly lead to their deaths, his wife relents, though the Van Daans continue to cause friction.

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