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  1. Aug 2018
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    1. Gabriel knitted his brows and said, as if he were slightly angered

      I am really interested in who emotions are described through physical expressions like this and how we could operationalize a search to extract them from texts for analysis. Perhaps we could perform a POS extraction for verbs as they occur with out words which may distinguish them?

    2. Maria was a very, very small person indeed but she had a very long nose and a very long chin

      A very interesting description of Maria. I have very much enjoyed Joyce's use of adjectives throughout the Dubliners. I would be interested in comparing how distinct his adjectives are compared to the other authors we've read.

    3. Alphy and Joe were not speaking.

      There are many characters mentioned in the text by name, and some others by "the boy" or "the women". I would be interested in doing a network analysis to see how everyone is connected.

    4. They used to kiss. He remembered well her eyes, the touch of her hand and his delirium….

      It is interesting all that is implied by the word delirium here. As we have discussed in class, Joyce often uses subtext to communicate more elicit subject. I wonder if there is a way to operationalize finding these in a text. Perhaps some kind of machine learning?

    5. Catholic

      Joyce uses religious references frequently throughout these short stories, though they are not always as explicit as this one. I would be interested in list of words with religious connotations, such as confess, prayed, redeemed ect, and do a frequency analysis. It would be interesting to see how it compared to The Moonstone.

    6. She had her Sunday finery on.

      The way the female characters are referred to in this narrative is interesting to me. I would like to pull out the sentences with he and she and see how the different types of language bing used.

    7. tongue was tired

      This is an interesting choice of adjective. I am really enjoying they choices Joyce makes in instances like this. I would like to do an ngram analysis to see the types of adjectives he uses, and then compare them his contemporaries to see how they are different.

    8. Rapid motion through space elates one; so does notoriety; so does the possession of money.

      This is a great sentence. The word choice is so interesting and unconventional, yet it conveys the emotion precisely. I would be interested in using computational analysis to examine this sentence and others like it to see if we can operationalize why they work so well.

  3. Jul 2018
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    1. He held

      As I mentioned earlier, an ngram analysis examining the repetitive use of "she" would allow for some interesting results. I think it would also be interesting to run the same ngram analysis on "he" to see how they compare.

    2. drunken men and bargaining women

      Joyce uses some very unique adjectives in these narratives. I would be interested in running a POS analysis and extracting the unusual adjectives, then comparing them with adjectives with the moonstone.

    3. It crept onward among ruinous houses and over the twinkling river.

      I am interested in the paradox of the two adjectives (ruinous and twinkling) used in the sentence, something I have found reoccurring thought our readings of Joyce. I would be interested in finding sentences in which this paradox occurs and analyze what words are used and in what context.

    4. The summer holidays were near at hand when I made up my mind to break out of the weariness of school-life for one day at least.

      It is interesting that both this narrative and The Sisters have anonymous narrators. The characters seem a little similar in tone. I would be interested in comparing the two pieces using stylometry to see how similar they are. We could also do a sentiment analysis to see if the have the same tone!

    5. She stopped suddenly as if to listen

      I am interested in phrases like this. "as if to" is an interesting way of describing an action, especially when it IS the action taking place. We could extract all of the ngrams beginning with "as if to" to see what types of actions are occurring and then do a close reading to see if that is what they ARE doing.

    6. I felt my soul receding into some pleasant and vicious region; and there again I found it waiting for me. It began to confess to me in a murmuring voice and I wondered why it smiled continually and why the lips were so moist with spittle.

      There are quite a few religious references throughout the text, and not only in direct reference to the priest . I would be interesting to run they words using a narrative time analysis to see ho they are used through out the entire piece. I would also be interested in running a collocation analysis to see if they appear together frequently.

    1. ... Oh dear, I sometimes think..

      The technique of a one sided monologue by Mansfield is very captivating. The reader is forced to assume the other side of the conversation. It would be interesting to do a predictive text analysis to see if we could compute what the other side may be!

    2. Old Mr. Neave

      Mansfield has used this sort of repetition before in Ma Parker as a way to generate sympathy from the reader. I would be interested in see how frequently she uses this type of description/name method throughout all the texts. We could use am ngram frequency run throughout all of the texts.

    3. They were too happy

      Mr. Neave is pretty critical as he reflects on the different members of his family and his life at home. Mansfield is indicates his critical observations using adverbs like "too" and "always". I would be interested in doing some sort of computational analysis in which we could look for other words which are also indicators of negative critiques.

    4. the chaperones in dark dresses

      Here, Mansfield seems to be playing with the juxtaposition of light and dark again by describing the young women dressed in bright colors and the older women dressed in dark. This play of light and dark appears to be a kind of motif throughout the entire corpus, as Mansfield has used it before in previous texts. I would be interesting to see in what contexts she uses this play of light and dark in other texts using a tf-idf and ngram frequency.

    5. Leila gave a light little laugh, but she did not feel like laughing.

      The tone of the text takes a turn about half way through from excitement and expectation to anxiety and apprehension. I would be interested in performing a sentiment analysis on the two halves of this text to see how different they are.

    6. hard life,

      This phrase has occurred more than once in the text. I would be interested in doing a word frequency and colocation analysis to see how often and in what context it is repeated to identify whether or not it is a motif.

    7. Dark figures of men lounged against the rails

      I am interested in the adverbs used to invoke feelings about certain characters, such as these "dark figures" here, which are "lounging" against the all. We could do a pos search and also a ngram search to see how characters actions are used to invoke feelings about them.

    8. But, to their surprise, Isabel crushed the letter in her hand

      I'm interested in examining emotions used in text. I would like to do a textual analysis to parse all of the words representing emotions and see how they may or may not be gendered.

    9. The strawberry bonnet fell forward: she sounded quite faint

      There are a lot of references to food and flavors in this passage. I would be interested into doing a word colocation to find out what words are used in what context / how they are being referenced.

    10. It was cold in the street

      Cold has developed into a reoccurring motif, The author has used the cold temperature frequently in different ways. We could use word stylometry to get all of the synonyms for cold and search for them in the text.

    11. We tore through the black-and-gold town l

      There have been some i interesting verb choices and colorful descriptions so far. I think a word colocation analysis would provide us with some robust data to examine the unique ways in which verbs and colors are use.

    12. “Dreadfully sweet!

      There is definitely a lot negative sentiment in this narrative. It would be interesting to do a sentiment analysis with this story and the Garden Party, which seems to have more a positive connotation. I would be interested in seeing which turns out to be the more negative of the two.

    13. It seemed to him there was a tiny pause—but long enough for him to suffer torture—before her lips touched his, firmly, lightly—kissing them as she always kissed him, as though the kiss—

      There are many sections in the text which are structured this way with hyphens to indicate a sort of interjection by the narrator to relate the thoughts and emotions of the characters. I would be interested in performing a concordance to see where these interjections occur and in what context. Do they happen when a character is frustrated? Or excited? Or angry?

    14. With her telephone ring-ringing, the thrum of her screw filling the air, the big liner bore down on them, cutting sharp through the dark water so that big white shavings curled to either side

      The structure of this section really conveys the hustle and bustle of the moment to the reader. It would be interesting to analyze this section and others like it to see how it is so successful at relating the feelings of anxiety and commotion. We could look at verb and punctuation use and compare them to the fest of the text to see how they differ.

    15. There came a little rustle, a scurry, a hop.

      There have been some interesting verbs in the narrative thus far, especially this little cluster here. While the use of verbs has been frequent, the verbs them self have been some what gentle and not aggressive or assertive. I would be interested in performing a word frequency analysis to gather all the verbs, followed by a sentiment analysis to see if they are congruent with this theme of gentle submission / obedience which arises in the text.

    16. like a picture in the newspaper

      I have noticed a lot of similes in this text. I think it would be interesting to create a function to help of find them and then do an analysis on what each simile refers to. Then we could derive a pattern from the out put. We could do this be creating an Ngram function to parse them out and then close read them for analysis. Or maybe a coordinates for the words "like a"?

    17. caring for the smell of lavender.

      Even this early in the narrative there have a variety of plants and characters introduced (almost like a garden of characters as well as plants). I would be interested in doing a comparison of the variety of characters mentioned, including those mentioned only by description compared with the plants. We perform a word frequency analysis and also look for Ngrams.

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    1. There is here, moral, if not legal, evidence, that the murder was committed by the Indians.

      This is a very interesting take on "evidence" as being moral if not legal by Sergeant Cuff. It makes me question exactly what he means by that if there is a way to use computational analysis to find out. We could perhaps start by parsing out "evidence" throughout the text with a machine learning algorithm to help he define evidence and then, going forward, device a way (maybe with sentiment analysis) to determine moral evidence from legal evidence.

    2. I propose to tell you–in the first place–what is known of the manner in which your cousin met his death; appending to the statement such inferences and conclusions as we are justified (according to my opinion) in drawing from the facts

      Sergeant Cuff's narrative is very straight forward and to the point compared to the others, especially Miss Clack. Because Cuff's intention in this narrative is to relay facts to Franklin, and also because he is a detective, Cuff uses few unnecessary adjectives or "flowery" language. I would be interested in running a POS (Parts of Speech) analysis on Cuff's narrative and compare it to Clack and Betteredge, as well as the rest of the text.

    3. laudanum,

      Aw we have discussed before in class, there is a motif of addictive substances, like opium, alcohol and laudanum. It would be interesting to do a word collocation/concordance to in what context these substance arise. I would also be interesting in creating a network of the characters based on these substance to see which characters share the same bad habits!

    4. The chance of searching into the loss of the Moonstone, is the one chance of inquiry that Rachel herself has left me.”

      Throughout his narrative Blake repeatedly links the mention of Rachel to the mention of the Moonstone / Diamond. I would be interested in running a word colocation / frequency analysis to see how often this happens in Blake's narrative and throughout the rest of the text. It may also be worth while to do a sentiment analysis and see what the tone is for each mention based on which narrative it came occurred in.

    5. Having heard the story of the past, my next inquiries (still inquiries after Rachel!) advanced naturally to the present time. Under whose care had she been placed after leaving Mr. Bruff’s house? and where was she living now?

      Blake's account of Rachel is clearly distinct form the other narrators because of their romantic past. He mentions her frequently throughout his narrative. I would like to run a frequency count the number of times he mentions Rachel compared tot he rest of the narratives in the book. I wonder if it is possible to isolate the discussions of Rachel in each character's narrative and then do some topic modeling with the extracted texts to examine how Rachel is discussed by each character.

    6. It distressed me, it did indeed distress me, to hear her say that. She was so young and so lonely–and she bore it so well!

      Bruff's impression of Rachel is very different from Miss Clack, but similar to the affectionate tone of Betteredge. I would be interested in running a word frequency count on all of the ways Rachel is described by the different narrators and do a comparison between the words used by the different narrators and also which words they share in her description.

    7. There had once been an occasion, under somewhat similar circumstances, when Miss Jane Ann Stamper had been taken by the two shoulders and turned out of a room. I waited, inspired by HER spirit, for a repetition of HER martyrdom

      Now that we have a woman narrator, I would be interested to performing a sentiment analysis and compare Miss Clack with Mr. Betteredge and the words they use to describe the female characters in the story in addition to the overall differences in word use and phrasing. It would also make for an interesting study about the author and his ability to create distinct voices for each character.

    8. Early on that memorable day, our gifted Mr. Godfrey happened to be cashing a cheque at a banking-house in Lombard Street

      Miss Clack has made several mentions of wealth, poverty and other financial concerns. It seems that she correlates her narrative with economic status or financially related events, such as chasing a check. I would be interested in doing a frequency count to see how often these types of terms are used in her narrative compared to the others.

    9. Whether the letter which Rosanna had left to be given to him after her death did, or did not, contain the confession which Mr. Franklin had suspected her of trying to make to him in her life-time, it was impossible to say.

      Letters have been used throughout the text to add detail and action to the narrative. It would be interesting to create some kind of network connecting the senders and receivers of the letters and see which characters are the receivers and relayers of the information they provide. I would imagine Mr. Betteridge would be a major hub, but I think it would be interesting to see how they all connect and relate.

    10. Shall we say that she walked through the water from this point till she got to that ledge of rocks behind us, and came back the same way, and then took to the beach again where those two heel marks are still left?

      I find Sergeant Cuffs monologue at this point in the narrative very interesting. He posits his analysis about what occurred as questions to Mr. Betteredge in a way that also describe the scene to the reader without being overly expository. This device is used frequently throughout the narrative. I would be interested to run an analysis on Cuffs dialogue throughout the narrative to see how often he uses this type of questioning inform his detective work. It could be accomplished by analyzing how many question marks occur in his dialogue compared to other punctuation.

    11. “This is a miserable world,” says the Sergeant.

      Sergeant Cuff is total downer. His dialogue tends to be really negative. I would be interested in doing a text analysis of the words his character uses to see the frequency of words with a negative connotation in comparison to the neutral and positive words used.

    12. Penelope fired up instantly. “I’ve never been taught to tell lies Mr. Policeman!–and if father can stand there and hear me accused of falsehood and thieving, and my own bed-room shut against me, and my character taken away, which is all a poor girl has left, he’s not the good father I take him for!”

      Penelope has been a compelling and independent character throughout the narrative, from the ways in which she gives insight to the narrative itself , to this moment here. It would be interesting to extract her character descriptions and speech and compare it to the other female characters in the story to see how they are different / similar. I would also be interested in comparing her to the male characters. Would this be something the sentiment analysis could be used for?

    13. even the comforting effect of ROBINSON CRUSOE

      I would be interested in running a word co-location algorithm to analyze the adjectives and nouns used by the narrator when the invoking Robinson Crusoe. It would also be interesting to run a similar algorithm regarding the narrator's description of himself and his actions and examine the relationship between the sets of words.

    14. Add to this that, plain as she was, there was just a dash of something that wasn’t like a housemaid, and that WAS like a lady, about her.

      It would be interesting to run some type of sentiment analysis comparing the descriptions / characteristics of female and male characters throughout the narrative.

    15. She says what I have done so far isn’t in the least what I was wanted to do. I am asked to tell the story of the Diamond and, instead of that, I have been telling the story of my own self

      Because the narrative jumps around, it would be interesting to map out each event chronologically and to tag it as to how it relates to the moonstone. Perhaps some kind of network / chronology?