If . . . what would be the fate of this arch rebel?/.

Couch Tomato

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It was, indeed, high time that someone capable of giving advice and help should come to the aid of the sturdy old farmer and his adopted daughter. In the whole history of the settlement there had never been such a case of rank disobedience to the authority of the Elders. If minor errors were punished so sternly, what would be the fate of this arch rebel.
(A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle)

Shouldn't the last sentence be concluded with a question mark? I read it as a question, though I must admit that we already know the answer: he is an arch rebel and for that he will be punished severely. Perhaps that's why the question mark is absent?

What do you think?
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