Jim is suspected of having killed Huck Finn. However, Jim turns out to be a character who deeply cares for Huck's well-being. When Huck and Jim first meet on Jackson Island (and Huck explains the story of how he got there), Jim explains:
I 'uz powerful sorry you's killed Huck, but I ain't no mo' now.
From the beginning of the novel, Jim shows kindness and compassion toward Huck. He is his friend, and he grows closer to him throughout the story.
In chapter 11, Huck dresses like a girl (calling himself "Sarah Williams") and goes into town from Jackson Island to find out news. The woman (Mrs. Judith Loftus) begins to tell Huck stories about "Huck's death" (which never really happened), and she explains that some people think that his Pap (his father) killed him:
Some think old Finn done it himself. . . . Most everybody thought it at first. He'll never know how nigh he come to getting lynched. But before night...
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