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朱実{あけみ}は、からかって、雉子{きじ}のような迅{はし}こい足で、先に山道を降りかけたが、急に顔いろを変えて、立ちすくんだ。中腹の林を斜めに、のそのそと大股に歩いて来る男があった。{宮本武蔵(1935年–1939年、朝日新聞連載、吉川英治)}

Does 斜め refer to him walking up the hill, or walking diagonally uphill (small picture to illustrate)? Is it ambigious?

http://i.imgur.com/dx6Se9m.png

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That would have to mean walking diagonally uphill toward Akemi, who had just started her descent.

No other interpretation of that sentence would be natural.

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