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But we try to bear in mind that these miserable and spiritually impoverished Indians—or aztecs, as most Spaniards now refer to this particular tribe or nation of them hereabouts—are inferior to all the rest of mankind, and therefore, in their insignificance, deserve our tolerant indulgence.
This Mexícatl—he repudiates both the appellations aztec and Indian—is of a high grade of intelligence (for his race), is articulate, is possessed of what education was heretofore afforded in these parts, and has been in his time a scrivener of what passes for writing among these people.
So we have provided an interpreter, a young lad who has considerable proficiency in Náhuatl (which is what these aztecs call their guttural language of lengthy and unlovely words).
From the very first opening of his mouth, the aztec evinces disrespect for our person, our cloth, and our office as our Revered Majesty's personally chosen missionary, which disrespect is an implicit insult to our sovereign himself.
Except for Your Majesty's command that all "be set forth in much detail," we would not allow our scribes to commit portions of the aztec's narrative to the permanence of parchment.
We will try to regard the Indian's pernicious maunderings merely as evidence that during his lifetime the adversary arranged many sorts of temptations and trials for him, God permitting it for the stoutening of the aztec's soul.
We only beg and urge, Sire, that when you have read this next segment of the aztec's life history—since it contains passages that would sicken Sodom—Your Majesty will reconsider your command that this chronicle be continued.
In any case, we must reply: No, Sire, we know nothing of the properties the aztec ascribes to the root called barbasco.
It was aztlan, The Place of Snowy Egrets, and at that time they called themselves the aztlantláca or the aztéca, the Egret People.
But aztlan was a hard country, and their chief god Huitzilopóchtli told them of a sweeter land to be found to the south.