[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
feigning to be a Chalcan. He seemed to be drunk, feigning drunkenness. On his chest were tied eight grass ropes. He came quarreling with them, coming ahead of the Spaniards.
He ranted at them, saying to them, “What are you still doing here? What more do you want? What more is Moteucçoma trying to do? Did he come to his senses yesterday? Has he just now become a great coward? He has done wrong, he has the people, he has destroyed people, [he has hit himself on the head and wrapped himself up in relation to people], he has mocked people and deceived them.”
When they had seen this and heard what he said, they made an effort to address him humbly; they quickly set up for him a place to attend to him, an earthen platform with a straw bed, but he absolutely would not look at it. In vain they had set out for him the earthen platform they had tried to make for him there.
[It was as though they entered his mouth]; he scolded them, greatly scolded them with angry words,
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
to them that he was an Indian from Chalco, and he seemed to them to be drunk. Tied to his chest he wore eight reins or ropes made of grass, like esparto grass, and he was coming from the direction where the Spaniards were. When he got close to them, with great annoyance he began to scold them, saying,
"Why do you persist in coming here again? What is it that you want? What does Moteucçoma intend to do? Has it occurred to him to wake up now? Now is he beginning to be afraid? He has already made his mistakes! Now there is no remedy! For he has brought about many unjust deaths and destroyed many. He has commited much abuse, deceit, and cheating."
When they saw this man, the enchanters were gready afraid and prostrated themselves before him. They began to pray to him, and they made a mound ofearth as an altar and cast green grass on top for him to sit on. But he as an angry man would not sit down there nor even look at it, nor do what they asked him to do. In vain they made the altar or seat; instead he grew more fiercely angry and scolded them more strongly, saying to them loudly and with great vehemence,