D(r)oodles: Was Her Venomous Stare More Than a Metaphor?

Still not promising, but more sketching, nevertheless.

Another Drood teaser. This time, the exotic Helena Landless. The distaff member of the infamous (in Cloisterham, anyway) Landless twins, Helena is fiercely loyal to her brother and just as protective of poor, innocent Rosa Bud. Might those be motives? I had some fun playing around with something with a vague Eastern flair that still seemed appropriate for Dickensian women’s wear. At least insofar as a not-especially-subtle music hall troupe might concoct:

But why would she be offering anyone a venomous snake? Oh, my, you don’t think…?

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