As an experiment I just asked ChatGPT to summarize the opening segment of my story’s second chapter, and the results are interesting.
ChatGPT's first response (157 words)
Three people, Krista, Dov and Polanski, are driving in a car from a medical center in Ramat Gan. Dov is holding a girl, Freyja, who was recently in the medical center and is still unconscious. Polanski, the driver, is cautious of any sudden movements that could wake Freyja. Dov asks if the car is soundproof and Polanski explains it belongs to Hannah, a bookworm and classical music fan. Krista expresses her desire for Freyja to see a happy Dov when she wakes up. The original plan was to have dinner in Tel Aviv, but Dov suggests changing it because being in a crowded restaurant could spook Freyja. Polanski suggests they go to the beach instead and have some snacks, with the intention of postponing their celebrations for another night. Krista agrees and decides to send a message to Karen, who lives about twenty minutes south of Be’er Sheva, to let her know they will be home late.
ChatGPT's expanded response (300 words)
A black Alpina B6 car exits the Sheba Medical Centre’s parking lot and joins the evening traffic in Ramat Gan. Krista, sitting in the front passenger seat, looks at Dov in the back seat who is holding a girl named Freyja wrapped in a bedsheet. Krista tells the driver, Polanski, that they don’t have to be so cautious because Freyja, who was just taken out of the hospital, is unlikely to wake up. However, Polanski is cautious because Freyja almost woke up during the surgery and traffic could scare her. Dov asks if the car is soundproof, to which Krista responds that it is because the car belongs to Hannah, an orchestra fanatic.
Dov points out that being in a restaurant in Tel Aviv would not be a good idea for Freyja, as she would draw a lot of attention and he does not have the energy to deal with it. Polanski suggests that they go to the beach instead, where Freyja can learn to move around and it will also be a romantic location for her first night with Dov. Krista agrees and sends a message to Karen, who lives about twenty minutes south of Be’er Sheva, to let her know they will be home late.
Throughout the conversation, Krista reveals her disdain for Tel Aviv and the people who live there because they do not like the military. Polanski tries to keep the peace and suggests a compromise for the evening. The story ends with the group driving to the beach and preparing to have snacks and spend the night there.
The second response got a few important details wrong. For example, Krista identified the beach as a ‘romantic location’ because she is constantly teasing / mocking Dov. The last paragraph looks like filler, just summarising a part of the summary.
Also, both responses missed the section where Freyja wakes up, and where the group arrives at the beach. Maybe that’s an indication of ChatGPT’s prompt word limit…It had to stop a third of the way into the chapter extract…