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Madam Secretary

  by Madeleine Albright


(about 881 pages)
220,138
total words
of all the books in our library
25.31%
vividness
of all the books in our library
7.31%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.81%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.13%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.68%
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
potential leader he was. When that didn’t work, I said we were disappointed in him, that if he thought we would bomb the Serbs even if the Albanians rejected the agreement, he was wrong. We could never get NATO support for that. “On the other hand,” I said, “if you say yes and the Serbs say no, NATO will strike and go on striking until the Serb forces are out and NATO can go in. You will have security. And you will be able to govern yourselves.” Thaçi replied that the sole purpose of the KLA had been to fight for independence, and it was very hard to give that up. I said, “You don’t have to, but you have to be realistic. This agreement is for three years. We know Milošević is the problem. But the situation could look a lot different in three years. This is your chance. Grab it, because you may never have another.” Although clearly abashed and almost tearful, Thaçi would not say yes. Monday was absolutely going to be the last full day. The Contact Group had set a drop-deadline of 3 P.M. Tuesday. Having had wall-to-wall meetings all weekend, I was hyper-irritated. Both delegations were being impossible. Everyone seemed to have become spoiled by the great French food. At one meal someone complained, “What happened to the cheese course?” I was ready to blow my stack. All afternoon I thought about how we could persuade Thaçi. I had called everybody else I could four-inch-wide velvet scarlet ribbon, and draped it over one shoulder like a royal sash. Unfortunately that looked ridiculous too, so I was persuaded to wear the ribbon around my waist. Miss Fackt, her dress, and the sash are all now part of my personal lore, Miss Fackt because of how my parents pronounced her name: for them a short a came out as a short u. As for the dress and the sash, almost half a century later I was awarded the highest honor a foreigner can receive from the Czech government, the Order of the White Lion. We were in Prague Castle, surrounded by dignitaries, and as President Havel placed a red and white ribbon around my shoulders, I was profoundly honored. Still, as I walked around Prague that day, wearing my scarlet sash, I couldn’t stop thinking about that old dress and the woman my parents had called “Miss F*ckt.” My social life was further curtailed by my parents’ insistence on staging family outings every Sunday. We drove into the mountains and picnicked. My father, dressed in suit and tie, took up fishing, while my mother gathered mushrooms, which we children were afraid to eat because we were sure she didn’t know which were poisonous and which weren’t. We always had the same meal: some Czech version of hamburgers called karbenátky (more like cold meat loaf) and my mother’s version of potato salad, which consisted of potatoes, a thawed bag of mixed vegetables, and tablespoons of mayonnaise

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 4402.76 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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