Topic: Ash & Linen
This massmarket book I just finished working through, the antagonists really brought their A-game. They caught a protagonist maid stealing food for her sick child or some such. Now, the law says thieves lose a hand, so the antagonists not only get out an axe and whack her, they make the protagonists watch.
I'm not suggesting anything this gruesome for Stella, but being a little mean should provoke a nice bit of outrage. Not too much tho or it'll turn into the trope of the master who mistreats his servants. Even something as simple as talking as if she doesn't exist would work