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Nantucket Sisters

  by Nancy Thayer

(about 346 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:

It really is all about money.” “Ben, let’s do something,” she urges. “Let’s fly down to Mexico for a few days, lie in the sun next to a pool.” “Great idea. And how will we pay for it?” “Charge cards.” “And what will we give up to pay for such a trip?” “I don’t know. But it’s not that expensive—” “Yes, it is that expensive. Everything’s that expensive! If we go on a trip, that means we can’t pay our car insurance or buy food. Hell, if I have to buy new socks, that means I can’t see a first-run movie. It’s all about money, Maggie, it really is. It really is.” “I know it seems that way—” “Seems? Is! I have been such an idealistic sucker. I’m going to save the islandbullshit! I’m not going to be able to accomplish one damned thing. I won’t save anything. I won’t have anything. I don’t matter. Because I don’t have any money, I’ll never matter! Everything we’ve been told about how we can be whatever we want to be is a lie. It’s all lies the rich tell the poor to keep us in line so we won’t kill them.” Ben’s sobbing now. His shoulders shake. He bends his head down and covers his neck with his hands. “People like us can’t do anything. We can’t have anything. It’s all rigged from the start. You and I are disposable people. That’s all we are, and all we ever can be father sits in a folding chair reading the New York Times. She spreads a yellow-and-white-checked tablecloth piped with green over the card table, while Cara uncovers the bowls and platters of food: salmon, rye bread, capers, and cream; shrimp on skewers; deviled eggs; endive stuffed with crab salad; curried chicken salad; sweet corn, tomatoes, and mozzarella salad; champagne, 7Up for Serena; and of course, a tall white cake swirled with yellow cream icing and decorated with flowers. Emily ordered it all from her corner deli in Manhattan yesterday and brought it out to the island in a cooler. Her mother brought forced forsythia, yellow roses, and yellow tulips in a low green vase, and Serena chose to add her yellow rubber ducks from her bathtub. They circle the vase, ducklings following mother’s lead, and the arrangement is so adorable several people stop to take photos. They have way too much foodeveryone’s brought too much food—and the aroma of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs fills the air. Emily’s family settles into their folding beach chairs, eating off plastic plates, which caused a slight disagreement this morning when Cara wanted to bring china plates and Emily insisted on the yellow plates she brought because if Serena accidentally dropped a plate, she’d be horrified. Serena’s a sensitive little girl; Emily wants today to be perfect. It is perfect. Couples with dogs pause at their table, introduce themselves, allow Serena to pet their dogs, and happily partake of champagne, salmon, and cake

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 1731.10 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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