motif: a motif is any element that recurs in one or more works of literature or art. superstition is an important motif in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. throughout the novel, readers will see characters turning to superstitious beliefs.
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The footprints stop before reaching the house, therefore Huck knew someone had been there and was just watching. Huck also recognized the "cross in the left boot-heel made with big nails, to keep off the devil." We can infer that Huck knows the owner of the boots, and that he's worried enough about this person to take all of his money to the Judge and ask him to invest it or keep it safe.
An entire blog devoted to their superstitions can be linked below;
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/ Chapter 4