List the words and phrases Steinbeck uses to create a calm and quiet atmosphere in the barn. Why do you think he creates this peaceful atmosphere?

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Steinbeck writes of the barn:

The afternoon sun sliced in through the cracks of the barn walls and lay in bright lines on the hay. There was the buzz of flies in the air, the lazy afternoon humming. From outside came the clang of horseshoes on the playing peg and the shouts of men, playing, encouraging, jeering. But in the barn it was quiet and humming and lazy and warm.

Words and phrases that convey that the barn is quiet and calm are "the buzz of...

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