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How did Francie insult the pickle man in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"?NO

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lokita88 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 7, 2008 at 12:25 AM via web

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How did Francie insult the pickle man in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 13, 2008 at 8:01 AM (Answer #1)

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On pickle days, Francie goes to the Hebrew man in the neighborhood store to buy a Jewish pickle.

When she goes to the store, the old Jewish man gets insulted when she asks for a "penny sheeny pickle" (Smith)  Francie does not know that the word sheeny is an insult to Jewish people. 

It is a slang word used to call Jews,  kike or  hebe, or worse.  Francie uses the word without knowing what it means.  But the Hebrew man can't stand the little Irish girl.  

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aurora101 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted September 1, 2011 at 5:00 AM (Answer #2)

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sheeny is a word insulting 2 jews

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