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The Time Traveler’s Wife

  by Audrey Niffenegger

(about 625 pages)
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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:

words. “I can reach into him and touch time… he loves me. We’re married because… we’re part of each other… “! falter. “It’s happened already. All at once.” I peer at Gomez to see if I’ve made any sense. “Clare. I like him, very much. He’s fascinating. But he’s dangerous. All the women he’s been with fall apart. I just don’t want you blithely waltzing into the arms of this charming sociopath. “Don’t you see that you’re too late? You’re talking about somebody I’ve known since I was six. I know him. You’ve met him twice and you’re trying to tell me to jump off the train. Well, I can’t. I’ve seen my future; I can’t change it, and I wouldn’t if I could.” Gomez looks thoughtful. “He wouldn’t tell me anything about my future.” “Henry cares about you; he wouldn’t do that to you.” “He did it to you.” “It couldn’t be helped; our lives are all tangled together. My whole childhood was different because of him, and there was nothing he could do. He did the best he could.” I hear Charisse’s key turning in the lock. “Clare, don’t be madI’m just trying to help you.” I smile at him. “You can help us. You’ll see.” Charisse comes in coughing. “Oh, sweetie. You’ve been waiting a long time.” “I’ve been chatting with Clare. About Henry.” “I’m sure you’ve been telling her how much you adore him,” Charisse says with a note of warning in her voice. “I’ve been joy, purpose coursing through Clare. I remember the tiny head full of black hair crowning between Clare’s legs and I marvel at how this moment creates that miracle, and vice versa. Thank you. Thank you. “Did you know?” Clare asks me. “No.” She looks disappointed. “Not only did I not know, I did everything I could think of to prevent you from getting pregnant again.” “Great.” Clare laughs. “So whatever happens, I just have to be quiet and let it rip?” “Yep.” Clare grins at me, and I grin back. Let it rip. Saturday, June 3, 2000 (Clare is 29, Henry is 36) CLARE I’m sitting at the kitchen table idly flipping through the Chicago Tribune and watching Henry unpack the groceries. The brown paper bags stand evenly lined up on the counter and Henry produces ketchup, chicken, gouda cheese from them like a magician. I keep waiting for the rabbit and the silk scarves. Instead it’s mushrooms, black beans, fettucine, lettuce, a pineapple, skim milk, coffee, radishes, turnips, a rutabaga, oatmeal, butter, cottage cheese, rye bread, mayonnaise, eggs, razors, deodorant, Granny Smith apples, half-and-half, bagels, shrimp, cream cheese, Frosted MiniWheats, marinara sauce, frozen orange juice, carrots, condoms, sweet potatoescondoms? I get up and walk to the counter, pick up the blue box and shake it at Henry. “What, are you having an affair?” He looks up at me defiantly as he rummages in the freezer. “No, actually, I had an epiphany. I was standing in the toothpaste aisle

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 3125.58 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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