There are so many horrible things that just keep heaping on to the list -- and the Centre is just devastating. No knowing whether anyone else made it out, and Uumana finally just dead after all that time and everyone's stubborn hopes that she might recover... that just has that extra edge of pettiness, too. Not even bothering to imprison or kill her, just leaving her there to starve to death because non-"useful" people are nothing to the Emperor. (And perhaps he knows, as well, that Ayesha may learn of her fate.) I'm glad they learned that Quinlan at least managed to escape the net. But I worry even for Ayesha's artist friends. It really seems like Palpatine has decided to burn everything she cares for now that the trap is sprung. TBH, I kind of expect that things just get worse from here. Well, I'm just a little beam of sunshine here. Doctor Cottle seems like good people and I'm glad he's there to provide Ayesha with a bit of encouragement to recover. I hurt for Thrawn in this chapter (how can one not?) and still hope that something will change, but Ayesha's reaction to all of this seems very real. She may have a few false memories, but part of it is probably how Thrawn was encouraging her to know as little as possible for so long, and she was trying to be good and follow along -- and it all went pear-shaped anyway. I can see how the buried frustrations of trying to do it all Thrawn's way might be all twisted with the trauma that came after. And then he's the first person she sees after coming out of the bacta, and there is that issue of possibly believing on some level that he was in on all of it somehow. Although I also wonder if she is so furious at Thrawn because deep down she believes that he isn't her captor and wouldn't deliberately harm her -- and there's something in the mind that likes to launch itself at relatively safe targets.