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But Not in Shame

  by John Toland


(about 653 pages)
163,141
total words
of all the books in our library
48.52%
vividness
of all the books in our library
6.72%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.89%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.25%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.65%
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
degrees. Though he didn’t show it, Homma was tormented with worries. The situation on Bataan was desperate, almost catastrophic. He had already lost almost 7000 men in combat and another 10,000 had been stricken with malaria, beriberi and dysentery. Not a word had yet been heard of the two battalions which had landed behind Wainwright near Quinauan Point. Another battalion had been swallowed up in pockets behind Wainwright’s line. On the east coast Nara had been given a bloody nose at Trail 2. And still Homma was being pressed by Southern Army and Imperial General Headquarters to wind up the Bataan operation in a few days. How was it possible when they’d already robbed him of his only good division, the 48th? He had twice requested that the whole Philippine situation be reviewed. These weren’t strong protests, of course, because even a lieutenant general rarely asks for reinforcements. He must do with what he has. In addition to poor maps, he had been given intelligence reports indicating that the Filipinos were eager to turn on their American conquerors and completely misinterpreting MacArthur’s capabilities and intentions. It was almost as though Tojo wanted him to fail. Their enmity was well known. These suspicions were never to be allayed. Three years later in his prison diary Homma would write, “It is reported that Mr. Tojo will be here before long. There is nothing more unpleasant than this. To have to see his face every day will be more than I can Madden heard a sound like milk trucks—hundreds of bottles rattling in wire cases. These were mortar shells from Corregidor. Madden and the others dropped, seeking cover as explosions tore up the ground. American shells were also landing around Hospital No. 2. While Colonel Schwartz tried to calm his remaining patients, there was a tremendous explosion. Dust, foliage, trees flew into the air. Several shells had landed directly on or near Ward 14. Schwartz headed through the cloud of dust toward a chorus of terrified screams and moans. At Cabcaben guards hastily reorganized the marching groups. Here the road turned north and headed straight up the east coast of Bataan. Ordinarily this was a scene of beauty. On the left was towering Mt. Bataan, the peaks of its time-eroded crater usually wreathed in cool-looking clouds. On the right were the blue-green waters of Manila Bay. Everywhere was lush green tropical growth: banana trees, each topped by its purple phallus; occasional cocoanut trees bent in modest grace; nipa palms whose long leaves swayed slightly like beckoning fingers. Now there was no beauty. The colorful foliage was covered with a heavy coat of chalk. The road itself was a continuous, swirling dust cloud as an almost steady line of Japanese artillery, tanks and trucks came down the peninsula from the opposite direction. Many of the infantrymen in trucks jeered at the prisoners. Some began a cruel game, swinging at the marching men with long bamboo poles, knocking off their helmets and hats

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 3262.82 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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