Ventress ordered her forces to stand down and allow the Jedi to infiltrate the Confederate headquarters , which occupied a large tower in the central city. To distract the Jedi while Slick sabotaged their base and a massive army of droid reinforcements landed on Christophsis, she confronted Kenobi and Skywalker in the upper floors of the tower and engaged them in an aggressive lightsaber duel . She taunted the two about the existence of her informant before fleeing into an adjacent room where she used the Force to hurl numerous books and rubble at her opponents. The Jedi telekinetically turned the attack against her, pelting Ventress with the projectiles and apparently forcing a surrender. Confident that her forces were in position and that Slick had done his duty, she deactivated her weapons and sat on the floor. As Kenobi and Skywalker approached, she reactivated her blades into the floor, opening a hole that Skywalker and Kenobi fell into. She mocked the two before bursting out of a window and fleeing through to perch atop an octuptarra tri-droid that was scaling the tower. Before her, numerous C-9979 landing craft were delivering her invasion force into the city. The pursuing Jedi were shocked by the Separatist reinforcements but still managed to escape after severing the legs of Ventress's pctuptarra droid. 
Sex runs through this novel. A day trip to Sotherton Court predicts the ruin of Maria Bertram, Sir Thomas’s eldest daughter, who is betrothed to the weak-chinned idiot James Rushworth. The young people stroll through the grounds of his big house, trailing along a “serpentine path” (shades of Satan in the Garden of Eden), until they come to phallic iron railings, and the wild countryside beyond. Maria and Henry, both flirting, want to climb over. Fanny cries out to Maria: “You will certainly hurt yourself against those spikes, you will tear your gown.” We don’t need Dr Freud to work that one out. Fanny begs them to wait for the key, but they refuse to listen, and off they go, across the ha-ha into the wilderness, leaving poor old Rushworth behind – just as they will later elope, again leaving Rushworth behind. Fanny observes it all. She sees Rushworth’s despair, notes sister Julia Bertram’s jealousy.