(9.10) Appraisal [of the Xiàhóu 夏侯 and Cáo 曹]

Appraisal states: The Xiàhóu and Cáo clans, for generations intermarried, therefore [Xiàhóu] Dūn, [Xiàhóu] Yuān, [Cáo] Rén, [Cáo] Hóng, [Cáo] Xiū, [Xiàhóu] Shàng, [Cáo] Zhēn and the rest all as kin and old friends were [trusted and employed] like internal organs, noble and important at the time, in attendance in merits and enterprise, all contributing labor. [Cáo] Shuǎng’s virtue was weak and his position honored. Pouring and indulging into overflowing, this assuredly was what the Dà Yì narrated, what the Dào School dreaded. [Xiàhóu] Xuán for his competency and bearing, the world praised his name, however he with Cáo Shuǎng inside and outside were inseparable, his glory and position was like this, yet one never hears of rectifying his wrongs, or helping convey good talents. Raising this for discussion, how can one be able to escape it?

評曰:夏侯、曹氏,世為婚姻,故惇、淵、仁、洪、休、尚、真等並以親舊肺腑,貴重于時,左右勳業,咸有效勞。爽德薄位尊,沈溺盈溢,此固大易所著,道家所忌也。玄以規格局度,世稱其名,然與曹爽中外繾綣;榮位如斯,曾未聞匡弼其非,援致良才。舉茲以論,焉能免之乎!

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