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

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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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