Grey and clammy and silent, even from the shuffling


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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover( para.106) by Lawrence(the University of Adelaide,here):

The air was soft and dead, as if all the world were slowly dying. Grey and clammy and silent, even from the shuffling of the collieries, for the pits were working short time, and today they were stopped altogether. The end of all things!

Normally, we only use one "and" between the last two words in the structure of coordination (f.g., A, B, C, and D). Why did Lawrence use two "and"s ? And what's the meaning of the colored part?
Thank you in advance
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  • Beryl from Northallerton

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    British English
    It's a stylistic choice. I suggest it was done for reasons of scansion. Having all those ands slows the sentence down to a plod.
    Is it winter? Probably.
    It's evocative of a popular version of Good King Wenceslas - Wikipedia:
    Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
    When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even;

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