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Chasing Shadows

  by Lynn Austin


(about 528 pages)
132,092
total words
of all the books in our library
43.30%
vividness
of all the books in our library
8.69%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.56%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.57%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.98%
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
possible,” he said. “We don’t know what the future will bring, but we want to face it together.” What do we need to do in your country to be married?” Miriam asked. Eloise quickly took over in her breathless, chatty way. “I will take you to the registry office myself. You’ll need to apply for a marriage license, which isn’t difficult to do, and then there will be a civil ceremony. Do you have identification? Birth certificates?” We brought everything with us from Germany,” Miriam replied. Avraham isn’t a Dutch resident, but you are, Miriam. You and your father have been legally registered as residents, and he has a good job at the university, so that should be enough to make it official. I’ll go with you to be one of your witnesses. Ans will, too, won’t you? I can be ready to leave for city hall as soon as you are. What do you say? Shall we get things started?” She stood, ready to leave immediately, but Ans held her back. Eloise, wait… Miriam will want her father to be there. And perhaps their other friends —”“Of course, of course. We can finish our coffee first. But anyone can see that they’re eager to be together, and I’m ready to help any way I can. Perhaps we can go to city hall —”“Wait,” Ans said again. “Eloise… you haven’t been to city hall since the surrender. You need to prepare yourself… There are enemy soldiers and swastikas everywhere.” Do exploded in the Netherlands. She sat up carefully, trying not to awaken Eloise or the ten other people sleeping in the town house’s kitchen, and made her way to the stove to stoke the fire. Hunger made everyone lethargic, and they slept on, accustomed to the noise of war. Planes flew overhead continuously, with some formations lasting as long as an hour. Windows rattled from the heavy loads and roaring engines. Ans and her companions fell asleep at night to the sound of firefights, the clatter of antiaircraft guns, the fatal sputter of injured planes, and “fireworkslighting up the sky. With the stove rekindled, Ans measured water and oats and put a pot of porridge on to cook. Eloise had bartered a pair of emerald earrings for the sack of oats, once intended for horses. The butchered animals wouldn’t need it. “Was it only four years ago,” Eloise had asked at last evening’s meal, “when we all ate as much as we wanted? How times have changed when these few morsels make us happy!” They had divided four eggs and four slices of bread among twelve people —and shared each leftover crumb, as well. As sparse as the meal had been, they had bowed their heads and thanked God for it. Thousands of their countrymen had starved to death. There was no wood for coffins, no men to dig graves. The aroma of cooking porridge awakened the others. Eloise and Meta were spooning it into bowls when the doorbell

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 2641.84 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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