Stella runs a café in the village where Merricat always stops on her way home from doing the shopping. Merricat stops there not because she wants to, but because she feels the need to show that she isn’t afraid of the villagers. Stella is polite to Merricat, unlike the other villagers, but she also doesn’t defend Merricat against the hostilities of her other customers. Furthermore, she takes part in terrorizing the sisters after the fire.
The timeline below shows where the character Stella appears in We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.