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    from either side

    Eragon looked up at the shining expanse of gold. Embossed across the doors was a life-sized oak tree, the leaves of which formed an arching canopy that joined with the roots below to inscribe a great circle about the trunk. Sprouting from either side of the trunk’s midsection were two thick bundles of branches, which divided the space within the circle into quarters.
    (C. Paolini; Inheritance)

    Does the part in bold mean that there were two thick bundles of branches on one side and another two ones on the other?

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    Re: from either side

    It's not absolutely clear. If the leaves and the roots made a circle, then there would be a semi-circle on each side of the trunk. It would seem that you'd need only one bundle of branches on each side to divide each semi-circle into two halves, making a total of four quarters.

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