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The Point of Light

  by John Ellsworth

(about 368 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:

me be sure I understand. You’re saying you would sleep with the enemy for information?” “For maps, for secrets, for ways to save Allied lives. Tell me how you would feel about that.” “How do you think I’d feel? It would kill me!” “All right, it would be the same for me if it were you. Now, what about this? What if it took me collaborating with the enemy to steal information about an attack the Germans were planning against our friends. Sleeping with the enemy could save lives. Now, what do you say?” “That’s not fair. I’d still feel terrible, but I’d say go ahead.” “You see where I’m going with this? I would hate doing it. I would hate, even more, seeing French people die because I didn’t. Now what do you say?” “I feel like you’re in a unique position, Claire. You’re young, you’re beautiful, and you have a daughter you’re in love with and want to protect. So tell me this. What if I weren’t even in the picture? Then what would you do?” “I’d do it in a second. If I thought it would help kill Germans, I wouldn’t think twice about it. Oh, I’d despair afterward and hate myself for what I’d done with my body. But by then it would be too late, and the good would already be done.” “I’m going on deployment. You must do what you feel would help as if you don’t even know me. Who knows, we may pouring into France, but that wasn’t the case. Only a late-night visit by the German SS was underway. At number 217 they entered the building with its cuprous awning and leering gargoyles, clomped inside and across the parquet floor, their jackboots leaving snow prints behind. They climbed the twisting staircase up four floors, Lieutenant Schildmann leading the way. At the top of the landing, they turned right and pounded on the locked walnut door. When a peephole opened, Remy—Lieutenant Schildmann—shouted in French, “Open before we break this door down!” The door squeaked open, and the soldiers stormed inside. Remy’s gaze swept around, taking it all in, understanding immediately who he was dealing with. The spacious apartment featured elegant architectural flourishes: high ceilings, parquet flooring, floor-length windows, and intricate wood and plasterwork. A young woman drew open the door then backed away until she pressed up against a white fireplace mantle with elegant gold fluting. Arms wrapped around her torso, she cowered, turning away. To the woman’s right, just entering the room, came a man a couple years older than Remy’s 21 years. He was carrying a bottle of wine in his right hand and two stemmed glasses between the fingers of his left hand. A drink before bedtime was planned. He was still wearing suit pants and a white shirt from the day, but now donned a smoking jacket. The wife was dressed in a long, willowy robin’s-egg blue lounging dress, her long arms and bare

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 1839.34 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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