Disciples of Confucius: Nan Rong

The identity of Nan Rong (南容) is uncertain, though Confucius thought highly enough of him to arrange a marriage with his niece.

Some commentators identify him as Nangong Kuo (南宮适), the son of Meng Yizi (孟懿子), the head of one of the notorious Three Families that were the real power in the state of Lu, but there is no evidence to support this contention.

Appearances in the Analects of Confucius
Book 5, Chapter II
Book 11, Chapter VI

Book 5
Chapter II
Confucius said of Nan Rong: “In a well-governed state, he will not be overlooked for an official position. In a badly-governed state, he will avoid punishment and disgrace.” Confucius arranged for him to marry his niece.

Book 11
Chapter VI
Nan Rong constantly repeated a refrain from the poem “white jade scepter”. Confucius gave him his elder brother’s daughter in marriage.

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