[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
fed them, with which they regained strength and got their breath back.
When this had been done the Captain said to them, “Do listen, I have found out and heard that by what they say these Mexica are very strong, great warriors, able to throw others down. Where there is one of them he can chase, push aside, overcome, and turn back his enemies, even though there should be ten or twenty. Now I wish to be satisfied, I want to see you, I want to try out how strong and manly you are.” Then he gave them leather shields, iron swords, and iron lances. [He said,]
“Well now, very early in the morning, as dawn is about to come, we will struggle against each other, we will challenge each other, we will find out by comparison who will fall down first.”
They answered the Captain, saying, “May the lord pay heed, this is not at all what his agent Moteucçoma ordered us. All we came to do was to greet
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
I want to try you out and see if this is true, if you are as strong as I have been told." Then he ordered that they be given swords and shields to fight with an equal number of Spaniards to see who would overcome the others.
Then the Mexica said to Captain don Hernando Cortés, "May your grace hear our excuse why we cannot do what you order us, which is that Moteuccpma our lord sent us here for nothing else than to greet you and give you this present. We cannot do anything else, nor can we do what you order us. If we should do it, our lord Moteucçoma would become greatly angered and would have us killed."
The captain replied