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The Silhouette Girl

  by V. C. Andrews

(about 320 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:

up and I had to be home by eleven thirty? Or did he tell her how I had left him at school? Did that really annoy him? Was he changing his mind about me? And what about how she thought of herself? Where was her self-respect? She knew she couldn’t hold Sean Connor’s interest in her if his best friend wanted to skip her party. What kind of a boyfriend is that? “Not yet. He’s at a dinner meeting. Don’t worry about it.” She was quiet long enough for me to say, “What?” “I don’t know how I’d be if my mother ran off with someone. Did you know she was going to do it?” “No. How do you think I should be?” I snapped back at her. “What can I do about it now?” “Your father seems all right. He took you to dinner, and he’s working. I guess it’s not like someone dying.” “It’s worse,” I said, surprised that I was eager to talk about it with her. “How can it be worse?” “When someone dies, you don’t have to hope constantly that he or she will come back. You know they can’t.” “Oh.” She was thinking. I could almost feel it. She was wishing she had never asked and just had gone on being oblivious to anything but her own pleasure. “Do you think she’ll come back? And if she did, would your father take her back?” “I don’t know. That’s my point, Jackie; that’s why it’s the painting from his favorite picture of her in a gown she had worn to their fifth wedding anniversary celebration at the Carolina Country Club. Her dress was a tailored embellished silk and taffeta gown nipped in at the waist, with a voluminous pleated skirt. The bodice was French lace with shimmering paillettes. She wore the string of natural pearls and matching pearl earrings he had bought her for the occasion. I dreamed of someday wearing it all. It was the sort of gown that would never be out of style. It still hung in her closet, everything else kept away from it, as if another dress or a blouse would contaminate it. Her portrait was really the most beautiful picture in our house and proved how true and important what she told me to think about myself was. “Capture your beauty in front of your own mirror first, and then share it with the world,” she had said. Her declarations always did sound biblical. If anyone worshipped her, I did. Imagining the frame around me now, I opened the front door and stepped into our wide entryway with the slate-tiled floor my mother had installed a few years ago. She had bought and hung a large antique oval mirror framed in walnut across from the coatrack. Daddy’s soft full-grain black leather topcoat hemmed at the top of his thighs was hung there. It was a birthday gift my mother had given him nearly seven years ago, and he wore

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 1601.10 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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