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The Matlock Paper

  by Robert Ludlum


(about 381 pages)
95,249
total words
of all the books in our library
37.27%
vividness
of all the books in our library
7.69%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.92%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.27%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.66%
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
Nimrod is… They liel I cannot, will not believe it/ If it is true we are all in hdU Matlock stared at the last entry helplessly. The handwriting was hardly readable; most of the words were connected with one another as if the writer could not stop the pencil from racing ahead. April 28. Matlock was here. He knowsl Others knowl He says the government men are involved now… Its overl But what they can1 understand is what will happen-a bloodbath, killings —executionsl Nimrod can do no lessf There will be so much pain. There will be mass killing and it will be provoked by an insignificant teacher of the Elizabethans… A messenger called. Nimrod hi7welf is coming out It is a confrontation. Now I’ll know the truth-who he really is… If hes who rve been led to believe-somehow III get this record out-somehow. It’s all that’s left. It’s my turn to threaten… It! s over now. The pain will soon be over, too… Tberes been so much pain… IT make one final entry when Fm sure… Matlock closed the notebook. What had the girl named Jeannie said? They have the courts, the police, the doctors. And Alan Pace. He’d added the major university administrations-all over the Northeast Whole academic policies; employments, deployments, curriculums—sources of enormous financing. They have it all. But Matlock had the indictment. TBE MATLOCK PAMM 325 It was enough. Enough to stop Nimrod-whoever he was. Enough to stop the bloodbath, the executions. Now he had the common room were drastic. Gone were the wide moldings of dark wood, the thick oak window seats beneath the huge cathedral windows, the solid, heavy furniture with the dark red leather. Instead, the room was transformed Into something else entirely. The arched windows were no longer. They were now squared at the top, bordered by jet-black dowels an inch or two in diameter, which loolred like long, rectangular slits. Spreading out from the windows into the walls was a textured pattern of tiny wooden bamboo strips shellacked to a high polish. This same wall covering was duplicated on the ceilmg, thousands of highly glossed reeds converging towards the center. In the middle of the ceiling was a large circle~ perhaps three feet in width, in which there was placed a thick pane of rippled glass. Beyond the glass shone a bright yellowish white light, its flood diffused in ripples over the room. What furniture he could see through the mass of bodies was not really furniture at all. There were various low-cut slabs of thick wood in diffming shapes on short legs-these Matlock assumed were tables. Instead of chairs, there were dozens of pillows in vibrant colors scattered about the edge of the Walls. it didet take Matlock long to realize the effect Alpha Delta Plifs common room had been transformed brilliantly into the replica of a large thatched io2 Robert Ludlum African hut Even to the point of the blazing eqt=tDrial sun streaming through the enclosures vent

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 1904.98 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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