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Scorpion Sting

  by Mick Bose


(about 324 pages)
81,048
total words
of all the books in our library
50.79%
vividness
of all the books in our library
7.51%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.62%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.86%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.76%
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
And most importantly, what if they were stopped at the airport style luggage check? A security guard could help with all three, and hence was an indispensable part of the plan. But that didn’t mean it had to be Farouk. In the end, Rashid had agreed, but made Farouk promise he left before all hell broke loose. The cans would be set off by a timer device, but they had to be manually activated. Farouk couldn’t do it all on his own. When Rashid had mentioned a woman would be helping him, Farouk had balked. A woman for a task like this? This was going to be the 9/11 of France. No, even worse. The ricin particles being emitted would be invisible and odorless. By the time a museum full of people realized what was wrong, tens of thousands would be affected. It was summertime, and the Louvre would be packed. Of course, the Louvre was a big place, and they couldn’t cover every room. There was one room, however, where they would definitely get the best results. The room that would get rammed to the full in early afternoon, will be on the first floor, in the Denon Alley, between French and Italian period paintings. The Mona Lisa Room. Rashid had reassured Farouk this was no ordinary woman. Her name was Scorpion. In fact, chances were high if she wasn’t working with them she might have dismantled their operation by now. When the operation was over, Farouk was bean mash left over after producing castor oil in, he felt a surge of pride. He moved down the warehouse in his green overalls, waving at the men in their Biosafety suits. Castor bean mash has to be handled with great care because it contains high quantities of ricin. Ricin in a natural toxin found in castor beans. It is also one of the most lethal poisons known to man. Ricin stops the production of proteins in the body. Without protein synthesis the body couldn’t function. Lungs stopped inflating. Hearts stopped beating. Guts froze and filled up with water. Within a few hours of ricin inhalation, the most potent way of poisoning, people struggled to breathe, their skin turned blue, blood pressure dropped, and they died. Farouk stopped outside a steel door with rubber gaskets as locks. This was their laboratory, where ricin was extracted and weaponized. The CDC has four categories of Biosafety Labs. This lab was a crude, but effective copy of a category 4 lab. Farouk could only go inside after changing into a biosafety suit and mask with visor. Inside, several of his colleagues were busy at the lab desks. All wore the same protective suits as him. They were dissolving the ricin extracted from the castor beans into weak hydrochloric acid. Once dissolved, the solution could be loaded into high pressure cans. When a nozzle was pressed, a spray would emit from the cans, just like hair spray, but more condensed, and releasing smaller particles

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 1620.96 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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