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The Diary of a Young Girl

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In Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, what did Anne Frank miss the most?

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Anne Frank is very accepting of her situation whilst in hiding, as revealed in Diary of A Young girl (definitive edition), and even feels "fortunate here, away from the turmoil" when she watches others through the window or hears terrible stories of the removal of Jews to the point that she feels "wicked sleeping in a warm bed, while somewhere out there my dearest friends are dropping from exhaustion or being knocked to the ground. (Thursday November 19 1942)

She does, however, face many frustrations and finds it more and more difficult to get along with her mother. From Anne's diary of Monday, November 2, 1942 but only added on 22 January 1944, Anne thinks of the cat, Moortje (Mouschi), recognizing her homesickness:

 "The whole time I've been here I've longed unconsciously and at times consciously for trust, love and physical affection. This longing may change in intensity, but it's always there."

Anne yearns for her "former world" and, although she's tried and her father in all his kindness tries to make it easier for her, she feels very lonely, even "deserted. I'm surrounded by too great a void. I never used to give it much thought, since my mind was filled with my friends and having a good time. Now I think either about unhappy things or about myself."(Friday November 20 1942)

On Friday 23 July 1943, Anne reveals to her diary that, whilst others may wish for a hot bath, cake or coffee, she dearly wants to go back to school. All the occupants could "do with a good hearty laugh" and by the time of Anne's entry on Friday October 29 1943, she longs for "fresh air and laughter." Anne is also aware that feeling sorry for herself will not help and she must keep some of her longings to herself such as wanting "to ride a bike, dance,whistle, look at the world ...and know that I'm free"(Friday December 24 1943).

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