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Covenant of SpiesLies

  by Daniel Kemp

(about 445 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:

in Delaware USA. What do you think of that?” Fraser had found the whisky and an ashtray, and I’d found the chink in Kudashov. “Not sure I know a George Stoneman, Patrick, but if Dickie did do such a thing I’m sure it would have been for a valid reason.” “There’s no point in playing game, Klaus,” I let that name sink in for a second before continuing. “All that will do is delay the end slightly. I know most of the story and I know for certain that it was Dickie who sent the photograph, as he was the only one who knew you both. One of George’s sons has found you and that’s why you’re scared stiff for Cilicia, isn’t it?” He looked at the wall clock before he spoke, but I got in before him. “I don’t anticipate being here for long. Tomorrow is a worrying day for you and me, and sleep would be very welcome tonight. I will leave you a phone when we leave. It’s not bugged, but I don’t expect you to believe that without checking. You’ll have at least six hours to arrange whatever it was you needed to do. I went to India over the weekend to meet another friend of Dickie’s. One I don’t believe you’ve met, but you will have heard of his name if for no other reason than it was he who appointed Cilicia to her position, a Vyacheslav Trubnikov. “At one time I could have been Sir John had immaculate dress sense, which was accentuated by his tanned complexion come by, I was told, the amount of time he spent on his yacht in the Solent. Ever since I was conscious of sailing yachts, the wind in their sails and the noise of rushing water as the bow beats through the waves, I’d wanted one of my own. Maybe one day, I mused as I both admired his sense of style and loathed his acquiescence to the social divide. For our business discussion, he wore a blue and grey striped linen suit, blue shirt with his Eton school tie. He even wore the college striped socks paired with his highly glossed, polished dark brown brogues. He was a prominent man who carried his prominence with distinction. He would, I suspect, be the first to admit that his years in service to the Crown had benefitted him well, as his chubbiness attested to. His liking of fine claret was a thing around which legends had been built. Fortunately, my apartment housekeepers were well versed in providing liquid comforts to the grandees of the various Civil Service departments entertained in my fine bedecked rooms. After filling two glasses from a forty-three-year-old Château Margaux, that if told of the price I would probably die, we settled down to our discussion, facing each other from opposite sofas. The vision of Hannah always choosing to sit where he now sat was imprinted on my mind and would not budge. I felt

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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 2224.18 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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