Who is Salvatore in W. Somerset Maugham’s short story with the same name? What kind of life does he spend?
Salvatore is the protagonist of the story with the same name. He is a boy of fifteen, the son of an Italian fisherman when the story begins and a middle-aged man with a wife and two children at the end of the story.
Salvatore is living a simple yet hard life of a fisherman when the story ends. He catches cuttlefish at night. He also works in his vineyard the whole day. His rheumatism takes its toll on him occasionally. But he is happy with his life. He doesn’t blame anyone. He is a responsible husband as well as an affectionate father. At times he gives his children a bath and holds them tenderly as if they are flowers.
Salvatore’s life was hard enough. All through the fishing season, he set out in his boat with one of his brothers for the fishing grounds in the evening. He spent nights catching the profitable cuttlefish. Then there was the long row back in order to sell the catch in time for it to go on the early boat to Naples. He worked in his vineyard from dawn till the heat drove him to rest and again, when it was a trifle cooler, till dusk. Often, his rheumatism prevented him from doing anything at all.