[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
Thereupon Moteucçoma named and sent the noble men and a great many other agents of his, with Tzihuacpopocatzin as their leader, to go meet [Cortés] between Popocatepetl and Iztactepetl, at Quauhtechcac. They gave [the Spaniards] golden banners, banners of precious feathers, and golden necklaces.
And when they had given the things to them, they seemed to smile, to rejoice and be very happy. Like monkeys they grabbed the gold. It was as though their hearts were put to rest, brightened, freshened. For gold was what they greatly thirsted for; they were gluttonous for it, starved for it, piggishly wanting it. They came lifting up the golden banners, waving them from side to side, showing them to each other. They seemed to babble; what they said to each other was in a babbling tongue.
And when they saw Tzihuacpopocatzin, they said, “Is this one then Moteucçoma?” They said it to the Tlaxcalans
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
When Moteucçoma learned that the Spaniards had departed from Cholula and were on their way toward Mexico, he immediately dispatched one of his leaders, the most important in his court, called Tzihuacpopoca, and many other leaders with him, and many other people, to go to receive the Spaniards, and he gave them a present of gold to take. They departed from Mexico and came up against the Spaniards between the two mountains, that is, the snowy peak and the volcano.
There they received them and gave them the present of gold that they brought, and according to the external signs that the Indians saw in the Spaniards, it seemed to them that they were pleased and greatly rejoiced over the gold, for they held it in great esteem.
And when they saw the leader Tzihuacpopoca, they secretly asked the Tlaxcalans and Cempohualans who were coming along with them if that was Moteucçoma. They told them no, that it was not him, that it was a leader of his named Tzihuacpopoca.
And afterward they asked the leader himself if he was Moteucçoma, and he said that yes, he was Moteucçoma.
Then they told him, "Go on with you, you're lying. You aren't Moteucçoma. Do you think you can deceive us? Do you think we are a lot of simpletons? You can't deceive us.