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Jane reflects that without the creation of new, inspired literature the world would be in a "hell of your own meanness." Through this statement, she is making the claim that
St. John is wrong to claim that art is frivolous.
the shortage of great literature is proof that the world is at a point of crisis.
the influence of great literature is invaluable to the continuation of a productive society.
the understanding of Scripture is made possible through great literature.
literature has been vital to her life because of the escape it provided from her own difficult circumstances.