When art is carefully designed, it is assumed that all of the parts of that design are important—they are interdependent, and if one removes one part, it will damage the other parts (this is what is mean by “organic”). In “The Calm” there is a big crisis among the men at the barbershop about a deer hunt gone haywire. But the story is ultimately about our narrator—the one in the barber chair who never says a word while getting his haircut. Why is hunt-gone-bad a necessary part of this story?
We know that the narrator came to Crescent City with his wife to “start a new life there.” We also know that, soon after the events in the barbershop, the narrator left. It seems he did not leave with his wife. Why not?