[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
and salute you. We were not charged with what the lord wishes. If we should do that, won’t Moteucçoma be very angry with us because of it, won’t he destroy us for it?”
Then the Captain said, “No indeed; what I want is simply to be done. I want to behold it, for word has gone to Spain that you are very strong, great warriors. Eat while it is still before dawn, and I will eat then too. Outfit yourselves well.”
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
to them, "What I tell you is to be done in any case. I must see how manly you are, for in our land we have heard that you are valiant men. Equip yourself with these weapons and prepare yourselves so that tomorrow, the first thing in the morning, we will meet on the field."