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She replied that he must have lost his mind to let himself be won over so easily by that handful of barbarians, the conquistadors. Don Hernando said that if she were not his mother, he would answer her by cutting off her head. He told her that she would receive the sacrament, even against her will, because nothing was important except the life of the soul. Yacotzin asked her son to leave her alone for the time being. She said she would think about what he had told her and make her decision the next day.

They asked this of their allies, the liars from Tlaxcala and Cempoala, their shrewd and deceitful confederates. They replied: "He is not Motecuhzoma, our lords. " "Yes," he said, "I am your servant. " But the allies said: "You fool! Why try to deceive us? " And they said: You cannot deceive us; you cannot make fools of us. You cannot frighten us; you cannot blind our eyes. You cannot stare us down; we will not look away. You cannot bewitch our eyes or turn them aside. You cannot dim our eyes or make them swoon.

The Tlaxcaltecas were enraged at this inhuman treatment of Patlahuatzin. They took such unthinkable cruelty as a great affront, since all ambassadors were traditionally respected and honored by foreign kings and lords, to whom they reported the treaties, wars and other events that took place in these provinces and kingdoms. Therefore they said to Cortes: "Most valiant lord, we wish to accompany you, in order to seek vengeance against Cholula for its insolent wickedness, and to conquer and destroy that city and its province.

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