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Visualizing every line of dialogue in classic stories.

What does dialogue look like?

Every line of dialogue from classic stories like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Pride and Prejudice, and more were carefully examined and coded by hand to generate images that look like voiceprints, but are based on text rather than audible sound.

How to read them: Each paragraph from the story is displayed as a vertical line left to right in chronological order. Line height corresponds to the number of words in the dialogue or narrative (longer lines means more words) and color corresponds to when each character's first line of dialogue occurs.

Example excerpt from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The entire text of each story is available in each chart. Text for every paragraph be seen by hovering over each line. Clicking and dragging or pinching will zoom in. Clicking names of characters will show just that character's lines. Posters are also available for each chart.

All literature used is in the public domain and was retrieved from Project Gutenberg.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum

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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Caroll

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The Time Machine

By H. G. Wells

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Peter Pan

By J. M. Barrie

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A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

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Published December 21, 2016


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