At the stile leading into that lane where Robert had previously seen her, she was stopped by him.
The road is deserted there, and a stile opens a way into these grounds.
He climbed over a stile in the hedge and took a field path that ran up to a wood—the wood way, as he remembered, to Astleys.
The figure of a soldier appears on the other side of the stile.
It grows very dark; the waiting figure by the stile vanishes into the gloom.
They came to an understanding, across some stile, most likely.
Meg loitered a moment watching her, then she clambered over the stile and was off.
That was what I thought as I grasped the oaken bar of the stile.
They had been standing near the stile: there was another awkward pause.
All this I thought as I grasped the bar of British oak, which was the top of the stile.
Old English stigel "device for climbing, ladder," related to stigen "to climb," from Proto-Germanic *stig- "to climb," (see stair). An arrangement to allow persons to pass but not sheep and cattle.