Although Peter Schiff (or "Petel," as Anne affectionately calls him) was a real person in her life, he becomes less of a person and more of an abstraction during her time in confinement. Anne has several haunting and life-changing romantic dreams about Peter, and he soon becomes symbolic of Anne's desire not only for true love, but for a true friend whom she can really confide in.
Peter Schiff ("Petel") Symbol Timeline in The Diary of Anne Frank
The timeline below shows where the symbol Peter Schiff ("Petel") appears in The Diary of Anne Frank. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.