Page 23 of Digital Fortress by Dan Brown mentioned this,
Their courtship was slow and romantic — stolen escapes whenever their schedules permitted...?
I would like to know what is the meaning of "stolen escapes"?
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Aside from the obvious meaning of taking someone else's property without their permission, to steal can also mean doing something surreptitiously.
surreptitiously: In a way that attempts to avoid notice or attention; secretively.
In this case, the couple surreptitiously escapes from their surroundings to spend time together.