[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
Fifth chapter, where it is said what happened when Moteucçoma’s messengers went into don Hernando Cortés’s boat.
Then they climbed up, carrying in their arms the goods. When they had gotten up into the boat, each of them made the earth-eating gesture before the Captain. Then they addressed him, saying:
“May the god attend: his agent Moteucçoma who is in charge in Mexico for him addresses him and says,‘The god is doubly welcome.’”
Then they dressed up the Captain. They put on him the turquoise serpent mask attached to the quetzal-feather head fan, to which were fixed, from which hung the green-stone serpent earplugs. And they put the sleeveless jacket on him, and around his neck they put the plaited green-stone neck band with the golden disk in the middle. On his lower back they tied the back mirror, and also they tied behind him the cloak called a tzitzilli. And
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
Fifth chapter, of what happened when the messengers of Moteucçoma entered Captain don Hernando Cortés's ship.
They began to climb up into the ship by the ladder, carrying the presents that Moteucçoma had ordered them to take. When they were before don Hernando Cortés, they all kissed the ground in his presence and spoke to him in the following manner: "May the god, whom we come to worship in person, know from his servant Moteucçoma, who rules and governs his city of Mexico for him, that he says that the god has had a difficult journey." Then they took out the ornaments that they carried and put them on Captain don Hernando Cortés, outfitting him with them. First they put on him the crown and mask mentioned above, and [then] all the rest. They placed around his neck the necklaces of stones with golden baubles. On his left arm they placed the shield mentioned above.
All the other things they put before him, laid out as they customarily do with their presents.
The captain said to them, "Is there anything more than this?"
They told him, "Our lord, we have not brought more than the things that are here."
Then the captain ordered them bound, and he ordered the artillery pieces fired. When the messengers, whose hands and feet were tied, heard the thunder of the cannon, they fell to the floor as if dead. The Spaniards raised them from