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Arabian Storm

  by George Wallace & Don Keith

(about 370 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:

may be of immeasurable value.” Tahib could not be entirely sure, but he was almost positive that the voice belonged to Samuel Talbot. He had only heard the reclusive billionaire speak once or twice, but the unusual accent had stuck with the journalist. The kind of observational detail that had stood him in such good stead over the years. “Your family is being watched and is fully protected. Far safer than they would be with only those three State Security guards lurking outside your building. And do not bother tracing this call or having the government look at your phone records. My people are far better than that.” With the final boast, the line went dead. Ben Tahib stared at the phone as if it might suddenly hiss and strike at him like a pit viper. Why would Samuel Talbot, the man who caused him to be attacked in the first place, suddenly direct him to chase down this strange Nabiin guy. And do so in Iran, which would be about the most unlikely place on the planet to find the mysterious man. Nabiin was a Sunni, descended from a long line of Sunni imams, claiming lineage all the way back to the first caliph. The Ayatollahs were Shia. They would be deadly enemies. Nabiin could have no allies in Iran. But Tahib had a sudden realization. He knew that he would do as he had been told. He would go. He would contact his many long-standing sources. He would is much we must discuss, and time is of some importance. Wheels are turning, my friend. Wheels are turning.” The door opened into a large anteroom carved out of virgin rock. Passageways headed off in several directions toward more cave rooms further back. Music wafted out quietly from somewhere back there. So did the aroma of food. “Please step into my office,” the man said, indicating that Rothbert should settle onto a pile of cushions arrayed on the tiled floor in the first room to the right. The Prophet fell back onto another pile. Rothbert looked about. The walls were rock with no windows. There were elaborate textiles hanging about but no furniture. Just the piles of cushions. A silver samovar sat steaming on a silver tray between them. “Allow me to pour you a cup of tea,” Nabiin commented as he fussed with the samovar. He waved toward a tray of sweets. “You must be hungry. Try the kahk, or the ma’amoul mad, or the qatayef. I have the pastries brought in from my favorite bakery in Jeddah every week. Freshness is so important to the taste of such treats, don’t you think?” Rothbert hesitated, then took one of each of the baked sweets and the offered cup of tea. They were delicious. He had simply forgotten how hungry he was. Nabiin leaned back and sighed as he chewed quietly for a moment, clearly content. Then he suddenly sat up, his lined face all business behind the unkempt beard

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 1852.16 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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