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
子謂南容,「邦有道不廢,邦無道免於刑戮。」以其兄之子妻之。
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
南容三復白圭,孔子以其兄之子妻之。
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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