Describing the history of the Marsten House in the novel Salem’s Lot, Stephen King writes of the Marsten family:
He and his wife had retired wealthy to ‘salem’s Lot in 1929, and had lost a good part of that wealth in the stock market crash of 1929. In the ten years between the fall of the market and the rise of Hitler, Marsten and his wife lived in their house like hermits.
Given that Hitler came to power in 1933, finally consolidating it with the passing of the Enabling Act, that makes it 4 years, not 10. I’m assuming King means the beginning of WW2 and not Hitler’s ascent to power, but it’s a little strange that such an error hasn’t been weeded out by the editor, considering the book’s been in print for over 40 years now.
So, my question is: is this just an odd and persistent mistake, or is there some subtlety in the English language that I’m not aware of that renders the phrase a different meaning?