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The Fiction of Anne Frank

      ANNE FRANK is best known as the writer of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. She kept this diary while she, her parents, her sister, and four other Jews hid in the "Secret Annex" (the attic of a building in Holland) to escape persecution by Hitler and the Nazis during World War II. Anne was thirteen years old when she began keeping her diary on June 12, 1942. Two years later, in August 1944, the Nazis raided the Annex. Anne died seven or eight months later in a concentration camp. She was fifteen years old.       Anne's diary was first published in 1947. Since then it has been translated and published throughout the world. Through the publication of her diary, Anne has come to symbolize to the world the six million Jews killed by the Nazis.       Although Anne's diary is read throughout the world, her fiction is not as well known. In 1943?1944, Anne wrote a number of stories and began a novel, now published in Tales from the Secret Annex. Anne states in her diary that she wanted to be a famous writer. Her fiction, like her diary, shows that she was indeed talented. The following excerpt is from her unfinished novel, Cady's Life.

CADY'S LIFE

by Anne Frank

      It was a hard time for the Jews. The fate of many would be decided in 1942. In July they began to round up boys and girls and deport them. Luckily Cady's girl friend Mary seemed to have been forgotten. Later it wasn't just the young people, no one was spared. In the fall and winter Cady went through terrible experiences. Night after night she heard cars driving down the street, she heard children screaming and doors being slammed. Mr. and Mrs. Van Altenhoven looked at each other and Cady in the lamplight, and in their eyes the question could be read: "Whom will they take tomorrow?"       One evening in December, Cady decided to run over to Mary's house and cheer her up a little. That night the noise in the street was worse than ever. Cady rang three times at the Hopkens's and when Mary came to the front of the house and looked cautiously out of the window, she called out her name to reassure her. Cady was let in. The whole family sat waiting in gym suits, with packs on their backs. They all looked pale and didn't say a word when Cady stepped into the room. Would they sit there like this every night for months? The sight of all these pale, frightened faces was terrible. Every time a door slammed outside, a shock went through the people sitting there. Those slamming doors seemed to symbolize the slamming of the door of life.       At ten o'clock Cady took her leave. She saw there was no point in her sitting there, there was nothing she could do to help or comfort these people, who already seemed to be in another world. The only one who kept her courage up a little was Mary. She nodded to Cady from time to time and tried desperately to get her parents and sisters to eat something.       Mary took her to the door and bolted it after her. Cady started home with her little flashlight. She hadn't taken five steps when she stopped still and listened; she heard steps around the corner, a whole regiment of soldiers. She couldn't see much in the darkness, but she knew very well who was coming and what it meant. She flattened herself against a wall, switched off her light, and hoped the men wouldn't see her. Then suddenly one of them stopped in front of her, brandishing a pistol and looking at her with threatening eyes and a cruel face. "Come!" That was all he said, and immediately she was roughly seized and led away.       "I'm a Christian girl of respectable parents," she managed to say. She trembled from top to toe and wondered what this brute would do to her. At all costs she must try to show him her identity card.       "What do you mean respectable? Let's see your card."       Cady took it out of her pocket.       "Why didn't you say so right away?" the man said as he looked at it. "So ein Lumpenpack!"* Before she knew it she was lying on the street. Furious over his own mistake, the German had given the "respectable Christian girl" a violent shove. Without a thought for her pain or anything else, Cady stood up and ran home.       After that night a week passed before Cady had a chance to visit Mary. But one afternoon she took time off, regardless of her work or other appointments. Before she got to the Hopkens's house she was as good as sure she wouldn't find Mary there, and, indeed, when she came to the door, it was sealed up.       Cady was seized with despair. "Who knows," she thought, "where Mary is now?" She turned around and went straight back home. She went to her room and slammed the door. With her coat still on, she threw herself down on the sofa, and thought and thought about Mary.       Why did Mary have to go away when she, Cady, could stay here? Why did Mary have to suffer her terrible fate when she was left to enjoy herself? What difference was there between them? Was she better than Mary in any way? Weren't they exactly the same? What crime had Mary committed? Oh, this could only be a terrible injustice. And suddenly she saw Mary's little figure before her, shut up in a cell, dressed in rags, with a sunken, emaciated face. Her eyes were very big, and she looked at Cady so sadly and reproachfully. Cady couldn't stand it anymore, she fell on her knees and cried and cried, cried till her whole body shook. Over and over again she saw Mary's eyes begging for help, help that Cady knew she couldn't give her.       "Mary, forgive me, come back..."       Cady no longer knew what to say or to think. For this misery that she saw so clearly before her eyes there were no words. Doors slammed in her ears, she heard children crying and in front of her she saw a troop of armed brutes, just like the one who had pushed her into the mud, and in among them, helpless and alone, Mary, Mary who was the same as she was.

* "Such a bunch of scoundrels."

Excerpted from Cady's Life by Anne Frank. Copyright © 1949, 1960 by Otto Frank. Copyright © 1982 by Anne Frank Fund: Basel. English translation copyright © 1983 by Doubleday. Used by permission of Doubleday & Co.

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I AM ONE

I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

?Edward Everett Hale

Edward Everett Hale, "I am One," from Against the Odds. Copyright © 1967 by Charles E. Merril. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Why did Cady imagine that Mary looked at her reproachfully at the end of the story?

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    Cady had not kept her promise to Mary.
  2. B
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    Cady had taken Mary's flashlight without returning it.
  3. C
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    Cady had done nothing to help save Mary from her fate.
  4. D
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    Cady and Mary had had a big argument before Mary was taken away.
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