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Meaning of Phrase in Context in "How It Feels To Be Colored Me"

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How It Feels To Be Colored Me, Zora Neale Hurston, 1928

Hurston, Zora Neale. "How It Feels to Be Colored Me." Xroads.virginia.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 May 2016.

Based on the context of the passage, the phrase "sharpening my oyster knife" (line 68) is best interpreted as which of the following?

A

One should work to get the best life has to offer.

B

One should be ready to fight for revenge in cases of injustice.

C

One should silence those who don't believe in them.

D

One should become used to disappointment in prejudiced societies.

E

One should seek happiness, but it is elusive.