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The Teeth of the Tiger

  by Tom Clancy

(about 601 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:

This is what my dad used to do, Junior reminded himself. Trying to find diamonds in a bucket full of shit. He’d expected it to be easier, somehow. All right, so what he had to do was find money moves that were not easily explained. It was the worst sort of scut work, and he couldn’t even go to his father for advice. His dad would probably have flipped out to learn that he was working here. Mom would not be overly pleased, either. Why did that matter? Wasn’t he a man now, able to do what he wanted to do with his life? Not exactly. Parents had power over you that never went away. He’d always be trying to please them, to show them that they’d raised him the right way, and that he was doing the right thing. Or something like that. His father had been lucky. They’d never learned about all the things he’d had to do. Would they have liked it? No. They would have been upset—furious—with all the chances he’d taken with his life. And that was just the stuff his son knew about. There were a lot of blank spots in his memory, times his father hadn’t been home, and Mom hadn’t explained why… and so, now, here he was, if not doing the same thing, then sure as hell heading in that direction… Well, his father had always said that the world was a crazy place, and so here he was blouse, looks like.” The subject was thirty or so, with shoulder-length brown hair, fairly attractive, wearing a wedding band but no diamond, and a cheap gold-colored necklace probably purchased at Wal-Mart on the other side of the road. Peach-colored blouse/shirt. Pants rather than a skirt, black in color, black flat “sensible” shoes. Fairly large purse. Did not appear overly alert to her surroundings, which was good. She appeared to be alone. She finally settled on a blouse, white silk by the look of it, paid for it with a credit card, and walked out of Ann Taylor. “Subject is moving, Aldo.” Seventy yards away, Brian’s head perked up and turned directly toward his brother. “Talk to me, Enzo.” Dominic raised his coffee cup as though to take a drink. “Turning left, coming your way. You can take over in a minute or so.” “Ten-four, Enzo.” They’d parked their cars on opposite sides of the shopping mall. That turned out to be a good thing, as their subject turned right and headed for the door out to the parking lot. “Aldo, get close enough to make her tag,” Dominic ordered. “What?” “Read her tag number to me, and describe the car. I’m heading for my car.” “Okay, roger that, bro.” Dominic didn’t run to his car, but he walked as fast as circumstances allowed. He got in, started the engine, and lowered all his windows. “Enzo to Aldo, over.” “Okay, she’s driving a dark green Volvo station wagon, Virginia tag

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 3003.08 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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