He leafed through the volume. "Look here," he said, "I'll show you how it works. I'll open it anywhere." He opened the book flat on the desk and scanned the pages. "Here we go," he said. "Suppose I'm addressing a Rotary luncheon. I get to talking about desire. I say there's nothing can stop a man with the determination to succeed. Then I throw this at them." He pointed to the book and raised up his head, projecting his voice as if addressing a crowd. "If memory serves," he said, "I believe it was the immortal Victor Hugo who wrote, 'People do not lack strength; they lack will.' "
"Did you find that in the book?" Bob Wyczk asked in awe.
"Certainly," said Blenheim with satisfaction. "Look, I'll do it again." He flipped a few pages. "Here we go. I'm addressing the Monday Quarterbacks or the Downtown Coaches. I've told a couple of jokes and they've gone over big. Now I have to make some mention of last Saturday's game. Suppose we got beat. All right, I say something about the team having learned a lot from the defeat and then I come out with this." He glanced at the page and raised his voice, "Was it not Abraham Lincoln who said, 'I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday'?"
Bob Wyczk leaned over and picked up the book.
"That's terrific, sir," he said.
"It's yours, son," said Blenheim.
"Oh, I couldn't take it, Boogey!"
"It's little enough to do," said Blenheim, "for the son of the best tackle who ever played for me. Besides I'm an old man at the end of the trail. I'm rarely invited to make a speech."
"I don't know how to thank you, sir," said Bob Wyczk. "Of course, sir, I wasn't thinking so much in terms of making speeches. I sure was hoping you'd tell me something about what kind of offense I should use. The T or the split-T or the single wing or the—"
Coach Blenheim exploded: