What is the climax of A Northern Light?

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The climax or turning point of A Northern Light occurs when Mattie realizes that the death of one's dreams is nearly the same as death itself.  Weaver has lost all of his college money, so he decides to skip school to help his mother put their home back together after the fire.  Mattie is upset because she thinks that Weaver would have been a great lawyer and now he is giving all that away.  She herself has also given up her dreams of going to college so that she can marry Royal Loomis.  Sadly, she comes to the realization that Royal really does not love her and only wants to marry her so that he can gain advancements in property.  While she reads through Grace Brown's letters, Mattie realizes that she cannot help Grace because she is dead already; Mattie resolves to live her own life to its fullest potential because she has the opportunity to do so unlike Grace.  At this point, Mattie's life makes a turn-around and she decides to follow her dreams.