a thin and spindly sapling leaning here and there

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longxianchen

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chinese
Hi,
Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 57, Chapter Five) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Clifford and Connie were going around in their wood……)

The chair chuffed slowly up the incline, rocking and jolting on the frozen clods. And suddenly, on the left, came a clearing where there was nothing but a ravel of dead bracken, a thin and spindly sapling leaning here and there, big sawn stumps, showing their tops and their grasping roots, lifeless(the roots were lifeless?). And patches of blackness where the woodmen had burned the brushwood and rubbish.

The blue part is quite confusing to me. I feel thin and spindly are the same, but how can ONE tree(=sapling) incline(=lean) everywhere(=here and there)?

How should I understand this sentence please?
Thank you in advance


 
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