[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
Eighth chapter, where it is said how Moteucçoma sent witches, wizards, and sorcerers* to do something to the Spaniards.
Then at that time Moteucçoma sent out emissaries. Those whom he sent were all bad people, soothsayers and witches. He also sent elders, strong warriors, to see to all [the Spaniards] needed as to food: turkey hens, eggs, white tortillas, and whatever they might request,and to look after them well so that they would be satisfied in every way. He sent captives in case [the Spaniards] should drink their blood. And the emissaries did as indicated.
But when [the Spaniards] saw it, they were made sick to their stomachs, spitting, rubbing their eyelids, blinking, shaking their heads. And [the emissaries]sprinkled blood in the food, they bloodied it, which made their stomachs turn and disgusted them, because of the great stench of the blood. Moteucçoma did this because he took them for gods,considered them gods, worshipped them as gods. They were called and given the name of gods who have come from heaven,
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
Chapter Eight, of how Moteucçoma sent his enchanters and casters of evil spells to do harm to the Spaniards.
After the above-said, Moteucçoma convoked some diviners and soothsayers, along with some lower leaders, and sent them to the port where the Spaniards were so that they would arrange that they should not lack food or anything they should demand, and should diligently see to it that they report to him everything that was going on. He sent with them some captives to be sacrificed before the god who was coming, if they should deem it fitting and if he should demand blood to drink.
Those envoys went and reached the place where the Spaniards were. They offered them tortillas sprinkled with human blood; when the Spaniards saw that food, it made them very nauseous. They began to spit and detest it, because the bread reeked of blood. This was done by order of Moteucçoma, and he ordered it done because he considered that those were gods who came from heaven, and they thought that the blacks