i want to knw the summary of chapter 3 & 4  of the novel "diary of a young girl " by anne frank

Asked by Shagun Rastogi | 1st Mar, 2015, 07:44: PM

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July 11, 1942–October 9, 1942

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Margot are unable to get used to the chiming of the clock in the annex. However, Anne feels reassured by it. She writes in her diary that living in the annex is like being on vacation in a strange boarding house. She finds the annex the most comfortable hiding place in all of Holland. Anne plasters her bedroom walls with the movie posters her father had bought for her. Anne looks forward to the arrival of the van Daans, the other family who will live with them in the annex. However, in a comment added to this section several months later Anne expresses her fears about being discovered and shot.

Anne feels that she does not fit in with her mother or sister and begins to argue with her mother often. Both her mother and sister are very sentimental. According to Anne, her father is the only one who understands her. She is aware that she will not be able to leave the annex until after the war and that only a few people will be able to visit them. However, she is still hopeful and dreams of many things.

The van Daan family arrives on July 13, 1942. Mr. van Daan tells what happened after the Franks’ disappearance. The Franks had purposely spread false rumours to throw the Gestapo off their trail. As a result, most of their friends think they went to Switzerland.

Mr. Voskuijl builds a bookcase in front of the door to the annex to conceal it. Anne’s mother and Mrs. Van Daan argue a lot. The Franks are also annoyed with Peter van Daan’s hypochondria. Anne further writes in her diary that Mrs. van Daan and her mother both speak awful Dutch but that she will properly transcribe it in her diary. Anne is also studying French and memorizes five irregular verbs each day. She complains that Mrs. van Daan criticizes her even though Anne is not her daughter.

Anne and the others in the annex have to take turns using the hot water to take baths. They have to sit still when the plumber visits the building. Every time the doorbell rings, Anne is terrified because she thinks it is the Gestapo. Later, Anne imagines that she is in Switzerland and has 150 guilders to spend. She hears only bad news about the fates of the Franks’ many Jewish friends and begins to tackle the issue of her identity since she is both a German and a Jew.


October 14, 1942–November 20, 1942

Anne is busy studying French, math, history, and shorthand. She writes that she is getting along with her mother and Margot better. The two sisters allow each other to read their diaries. Anne asks Margot what she wants to be when she grows up, but Margot is mysterious about it.

Anne and the others in the annex  panic when a carpenter comes to fill the fire extinguishers without advanced warning. They hear someone banging on the bookcase and they think the carpenter is going to discover them. However,  it is Mr. Kleiman, who helped them hide, trying to move the door since it is stuck. Miep Gies, a worker in Mr. Frank’s office, spends a night in the annex along with her husband, Jan. Anne enjoys having the visitors around.

Later in the week, despite Mr. Frank falling ill, the family cannot call a doctor. That weekend, Bep Voskuijl, another worker in Mr. Frank’s office, stays in the annex. Anne writes that she is very excited because she thinks she is about to get her period. In a note she adds to this section in 1944, Anne writes that she cannot believe her “childish innocence” from that time, and she calls her descriptions “indelicate.” She also expresses her longing for “trust, love and physical affection” the whole time in her hiding.

Anne reports on some of the British successes in Africa and puzzles over Churchill’s famous quotation about the war being at “the end of the beginning.” Mr. Frank recovers from his illness, and Peter turns sixteen. The residents of the annex also agree to take in an eighth person, and Anne is very excited at the prospect of a new addition.

The newcomer is Albert Dussel, a dentist who is married to a Christian woman. Mr. Dussel meets Mr. Kleiman at an appointed time, and Miep then leads him to the annex. Mr. Dussel is surprised to see the Frank family because he had heard they were in Belgium.

The van Daans give Mr. Dussel a list of rules upon his arrival. He shares a room with Anne and tells her about the atrocities committed outside. Anne thinks that they are lucky to be in hiding, and she thinks of the suffering her friends must endure merely because they are Jewish. Anne writes that she is disturbed by the news, but she also thinks that she cannot spend all her time crying. The loneliness of the attic makes her unhappy.

Answered by Snehal Naik | 3rd Mar, 2015, 11:18: AM

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