Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl reveals how Anne and her family first go into hiding in July 1942 and it becomes common-place for families to do the same over the course of the next two years such that it is as "routine as the proverbial pipe and slippers that used to await the man of the house."(Friday January 28, 1944) After eighteen months in the Annex, there is also little chance of "anything new or fresh" coming up for discussion. Routine is very important in the house and this is quite restrictive, especially as Anne has to share a room.
Anne sniffs the air outside, through the windows with the curtains drawn and apart from missing her friends, Anne misses her privacy although she realises that "perhaps the day will come when I'm left alone more than I'd like." On one occasion which she writes about in her diary entry of Tuesday, February 8, 1944, Anne recalls that "I had "the giggles"; you know, the kind we used to have at school." She longs for peace and quiet but also wants to have some fun but it seems impossible. "We've forgotten how to laugh."
As the time passes, Anne's conflict within herself becomes more apparent to her as "I'm in a state of utter confusion, don't know what to read, what to write, what to do. I only know that I'm longing for something."(Saturday, February 12, 1944). Anne's friendship with Peter is developing and she sits in the attic and enjoys looking out of the window, becoming very wistful as she "looked out the open window, letting my eyes roam over a large part of Amsterdam, over the rooftops and on to the horizon, a strip of blue so pale it was almost invisible." (Wednesday, February 23,1944)
Anne knows that the family are lucky to have the Annex and that they are well provided for but she still longs "for freedom and fresh air." Most things about the annex have become "tiresome, dreary and boring." (Saturday March 4, 1944). Anne recalls life before the Annex when
...it was heavenly. Five admirers on every street corner, twenty or so friends, the favorite of most of my teachers, spoiled rotten by Father and Mother, bags full of candy and a big allowance. What more could anyone ask for?" (Tuesday, March 7,1944)
Anne is also aware though that her life then was shallow and that she has changed enormously and matured. If only she could get some time away from her parents and "get out from under their thumb."(Friday March 17 1944)
It is clear from Anne's diary that "being in hiding during the fourth year of the war is no picnic." ( Tuesday, March 14, 1944)