How does the treatment of Jim by the duke and dauphin compare with Huck's treatment of Jim?I know Huck respects Jim more than the con men, but are there any specific passages?

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Huck has always considered Jim as a friend, unlike the duke and the dauphin, who think of the runaway slave as little more than property. When Huck runs away and discovers Jim also residing temporarily on Jackson's Island,

I bet I was glad to see him.
... I was ever so glad to see Jim. I warn't lonesome now. I told him I warn't afraid of him telling people where I was.

Huck not only likes Jim, but he also trusts him. When Huck comes to realize that the duke and dauphin do not have anyone's but their own best interests in mind, he rejoices when it appears he has left them down river--so much so that he falls overboard.

But Jim fished me out, and was going to hug me and bless me, and so on, he was so glad I was back and we was shut of the king and the duke... It did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves.

But the duke and dauphin knew that the reward for Jim would benefit them more than his continued company. When Huck discovers Jim missing and the Duke "sticking up a bill" near Pikesville, he admits to Huck that he's upset because

"... 'they've took my nigger, which is the only nigger I've got in the world...
    'I wouldn't shake my nigger, would I? The only nigger I had in the world, and the only property? 
   ...  'Fact is, I reckon we'd come to consider him our nigger...' "

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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