Zhōng Yáo was magnanimous and competent, Huà Xīn was pure in virtue and character, Wáng Lǎng was extensively cultured and gifted, truly all were that time’s eminent greats. The Wèi dynasty was newly established, began by ascending these Three Excellencies, how glorious!
Wáng Sù was upright and knew much, able to chop firewood! [translator’s note: idiom for being able to carry on his father’s work] (1)
- (1) Liú Shí believes: Sù was fair in serving superiors but enjoyed subordinates flattering him, this was the first paradox. His character was fond of the glorious and noble but he sought illicit relations, this was the second paradox. He was miserly with property but governed himself without disgrace, this was the third paradox.