[Translation of the Nahuatl (right-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
our enemies the Spaniards and all those who surrounded us attacked all together; they surrounded us entirely, herded us together. There was no place to go; people shoved, pressed, and trampled each other; many died in the press. But one woman came to very close quarters with our enemies, throwing water at them, throwing water in their faces, making it stream down their faces.
And then the ruler Quauhtemoctzin and the warriors Coyohuehuetzin, Temilotzin, Topantemoctzin, the Mixcoatlailotlac Ahuelitoctzin, Tlacotzin, and Petlauhtzin took a great warrior named Tlapaltecatl opochtzin, whose home was in Coatlan, and outfitted him, dressing him in a quetzal-owl costume. That had been the device of Ahuitzotl. Quauhtemoctzin said, “This was the device
[Translation of the Spanish (left-hand column) by James Lockhart:]
Tlacotzin, and another Petlauhtzin, "Let us make an experiment to see if we can escape this danger in which we find ourselves. Let one of the most valiant among us come and don the arms and insignia that belonged to my father Ahuitzotzin." Then they called a youth, a man of courage, called Tlapaltecatl Opochtzin, who was from the district of Coatlan in Tlatelolco, where the parish of Santa Catalina is now. The lord Quauhtemoctzin spoke to him, telling him, "You see here this warrior's costume, called a quetzaltecolotl, which was the costume of my father Ahuitzotzin. Put it on; fight in it, and you will kill some people. Let our enemies see this costume; it could be that they will be frightened by seeing it." When they dressed him in it, he appeared a frightening spectacle. They ordered four captains to go ahead of him, two on each side of the one in the costume of Ahuitzotzin, being very confident that with the power of the omen, when he appeared