Torvald's reading the letter and his reaction to Nora's crime serves as the dramatic climax of the play. This is the moment that Nora has tried to avoid for years. This is the moment that she also has wrapped in wishful thinking, dreaming that Torvald would defend her, demonstrating his genuine love for her. Instead, Torvald's reaction is consistent with his character as it has been developed throughout the play. He shows no concern for Nora, only terrible anger that her actions have endangered him. He berates her and humiliates her. Torvald is completely self-centered, just as he has always been. When Nora faces this truth, she assumes responsibility for her own life and leaves him.