Peter van Pels: What would Peter have been like if he had survived and gotten to America where (if he did) he had told Anne he would "reinvent himself?"
“I preferred the El. I liked the speed, and the secret glimpses into other people's lives. I sat in the jaundiced-lit cars and peered into the windows of Harlem tenements crowded with children, Tudor City apartments where women stood over stoves while men sat reading evening papers, and Brooklyn brownstones where entire families went about their individual but attached lives in a checkerboard of illuminated squares.”
“But I love to stand in my own house looking into theirs, seeing the simple greed smeared on their faces as they chew their bloody steaks and swallow their flash-frozen vegetables, and the complacency of their unguarded expressions as they sprawl in front of their televisions, and the breathtaking innocence of their hugs and kisses as they hustle their children off to sleep, certain they will be there the next morning.”
Peter van Pels: Mr. and Mrs Van Pels son. He is 16 while living in the Secret Annex with Anne. Peter and Anne love each other for part of the story. They become great friends and Anne finds that she can tell Peter anything.
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