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

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.  

aurora101 | Student

sheeny is a word insulting 2 jews

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