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Trust No One

  by Anthony Mosawi


(about 292 pages)
72,884
total words
of all the books in our library
57.83%
vividness
of all the books in our library
6.26%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.13%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.76%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.36%
non-ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library

clippings from this book

We’ve analyzed hundreds of millions of words, from thousands of different authors, training our linguistic models to recognize the most vivid words in the English language… the words that create the most intense sensory experiences: colors, textures, sounds, flavors, and aromas.

Based on our analysis, we’ve scanned through the pages of this book to find the two pages at the extremes, both the most-passive and the most-vivid pages, so that you can compare them side-by-side and see the difference:

MOST PASSIVE PAGE
MOST VIVID PAGE
said, pointing to Adnan. ‘That’s not the face of anyone planning something diabolical. It’s studious. And no kid that age dresses like that for a flight. It’s too formal. That’s a varsity jacket he’s wearing. I was going to guess Harvard or Yale. You said he was flying to Boston. So, Harvard. The blazer, it’s a uniform, a badge he wears, like a pennant of distinction. He’s defined by it. He’s not going to blow up a plane. So, the explosives must have been planted. But by whom? We’d normally look for suspect affiliations. But we all know Adnan wouldn’t keep that sort of company. The person who did this was family: someone he could not choose. Let’s dig deeper. Look at the shoes and the trousers: they’re threadbare and they don’t fit. Hand-me-downs. This is a smart kid but not a rich one. The family’s poor. He’s carrying an unusual briefcase. It’s a doctor’s case: old, but kept in great condition. It’s not something you’d buy on purpose, not if you were a foreigner trying to fit into an elite American school. Someone gave it to him, and it never leaves his side. Father, I would say. Shawab is an Egyptian name, a popular one. So, I’d say he’s the son of an Egyptian physician and the case is a gift from a proud father. Now here’s the tricky part. Proud fathers often mean neglected siblings. And Adnan has them. Quite a few. He’s the eldest: academic overachievement is hear the sounds of dogs chomping on wet flesh. When the tide of sickness never arrived, she pulled down the handle and pushed the kitchen door open. The kitchen was filthy. Piles of dirty crockery lay stacked on the counters, and black mould sprouted in the corners of the cupboards and floor. ‘Mother! Are you here?’ Her voice echoed through the house. In the living room, the only pieces of furniture were a stained couch that ran along one wall and a chipped coffee table. Sara’s breath was getting more and more shallow, on the edge of anxiety, and she didn’t notice the motorcycle helmet sitting on the coffee table until she was almost at the front door. She walked back slowly and looked at it for a long time, as if expecting it to disappear like a mirage. She reached down and picked it up. The outer casing was large and bulbous, but the interior padding created a much smaller cavity. She realized it belonged to a woman. And that’s when she heard it. The sound of water. Coming from upstairs. Someone was running a bath. Sara climbed the stairs slowly, her breath coming in shallow wheezes, walked along the landing and stood in front of the open bathroom door. Inside, an attractive woman in her late thirties, dressed in a black leather motorcycle one-piece, sat on the edge of the bath as the taps ran, filling the tub with water. Her long brown hair fell over one shoulder

emotional story arc

Click anywhere on the chart to see the most significant emotional words — both positive & negative — from the corresponding section of the text…
This chart visualizes the the shifting emotional balance for the arc of this story, based on the emotional strength of the words in the prose, using techniques pioneered by the UVM Computational Story Lab. To create this story arc, we divided the complete manuscript text into 50 equal-sized chunks, each with 1457.68 words, and then we scored each section by counting the number of strongly-emotional words, both positive and negative. The bars in the chart move downward whenever there’s conflict and sadness, and they move upward when conflicts are resolved, or when the characters are happy and content. The size of each bar represents the positive or negative word-count of that section.

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