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Maltese Steel

  by Stuart Field


(about 625 pages)
156,345
total words
of all the books in our library
58.24%
vividness
of all the books in our library
7.99%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.40%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.81%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.58%
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
for him. From what Steel could see, Burlo was a good cop. But great? That was yet to be seen, but Steel doubted it. But Burlo had a file full of information on Steel. He had had a background check on someone from another country – in minutes? Burlo must have known he was coming, possibly days in advance. Steel found out about Lucy seventy-two hours ago. He’d only been in-country and working for a day, but yet this cop had all that information ready in minutes? It seemed unlikely. Steel had an idea who had tipped him off, possibly by accident. Foster. It made sense. The two would have been at the scene, Burlo would have been telling Foster what they thought had happened. Emotions would have been high. All Foster had to do was swear he would get whoever did this, or something along those lines. Burlo would have told Foster it was a suicide. Which would have pissed Foster off. Steel paused in his soaping action. His hands resting on his chest. The phone call – Foster would have gotten his secretary or someone to track Steel down. Hell, it was the CIA, they had probably known where Steel had been since the New York harbour incident. Burlo perhaps overheard the conversation, heard Steel’s name being mentioned? Foster said that Burlo was a family friend, maybe Steel’s name had come up in a conversation over dinner or something? Perhaps Foster’s wife had told Burlos’s wife he was coming? Would was a tall and slender, she had raven-black hair that fell past her shoulders and down her back. She wore a white wrap dress that revealed well-trained calf muscles. Brown t-strap shoes and a gold cross on a gold chain complemented the outfit. Steel followed Kane into the kitchen. It was a large room with plenty of windows, and white coloured walls matched nicely with the grey colour of the modern fittings. ‘Mr Steel, this is my wife, Maria,’ Kane said, indicated his wife, who was just about to take something out of the oven. ‘Pleasure to make your acquaintance, madam,’ Steel said, bowing slightly from the waist. Maria returned the gesture with a head bow and raised hands in oven-mitts. ‘But please, call me John,’ Steel said. ‘Pleased to meet you, John.’ Her voice was warm and soft. ‘I hope you are hungry?’ Maria said, tossing a green salad in a wooden bowl. ‘Come, John, we shall get out of the kitchen before she makes us do something,’ Kane laughed. Maria reacted by throwing a dishcloth at him, which landed gently onto his right shoulder. As they passed by the sink, Kane dropped the cloth onto the side. Steel followed Kane into the garden where a long wooden table had been set with a white table cloth, wine glasses, and candles in small silver and glass candelabrum. Wooden bowls with different salads, bowls of olives, plates of bread, cold meats, and fish-filled the table’s centre. It was a feast

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 3126.90 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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