In the story ‘Salvatore’ by W. Somerset Maugham, why couldn’t he marry his fiancée unless he joined the military service?
As per the tradition of the girl’s race, it was mandatory for a man to complete a successful military service to prove his masculine nature and capability to work like a man in order to marry a girl. So, though they were affianced, they could not marry till he completed his military service.
In the story Salvatore, the narrator conveys the message of extreme love and affection. The girl decided that she would not marry Salvatore until and unless he did some work like the military service. He should prove himself that he was capable of working and earning, capable of managing the family and house well.