What are the qualities of "Second Anne" that are revealed to us? How is she different from "Ordinary Anne"?

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"Second Anne" is the sensitive, reflective part of Anne's character. Anne calls it her "better," "purer," "deeper," and "finer" side. This part of Anne makes her grieve over the pain of people she loves, such as her late grandmother, who died of a terminal illness, and an old friend who is in a concentration camp (Wednesday, 29 December 1943, and Saturday, 27 November 1943). The "deeper Anne" recognizes all the misery and cruelty in her world but still believes "that people are truly good at heart" and hopes to realize her ideals someday (Saturday, 15 July 1944).

Like "Second Anne," "Ordinary Anne" sees plenty of "joy in life" (Tuesday, 1 August 1944). But Anne feels that her surface side is "what a romantic film is to a profound thinker." "Ordinary Anne" spends her time joking, flirting, and entertaining; "Second Anne" thinks and writes seriously and quietly. While "Ordinary Anne" is always chattering, "Second Anne" has never spoken up in front of other people.

Anne concludes that much of her conflict with her fellow hiders results from her showing them her sassy, boisterous side rather than her kind, quiet one. But she doesn't show her inner nature to others, because she is afraid they would laugh at it. And, while the superficial Anne is used to mockery, the true Anne would be deeply wounded by ridicule.

To examine Anne's comparison of her two selves, reread her last diary entry (Tuesday, 1 August 1944).

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