Best way to implement Excerpts in topic list?

So I really want to show some text from the actual post in the Topic List. I really like how it looks, for example, at community.ycode.com (it’s Circle), maybe not that extreme - but the excerpt plugin I tried (images in topic lists I guess) wasn’t functioning properly for me, it looks messy. Any help?

AFAIK, the most used options are these :

These two options have a few design options

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