(53.6) Appraisal [of Zhāng 張, Yán 嚴, Chéng 程, Kàn 闞, Xuē 薛]

Appraisal states:

Zhāng Hóng was coherent in writing and upright in thought, the age’s exceptional talent, Sūn Cè treating him second only to Zhāng Zhāo, truly was appropriate.

Sirs Yán, Chéng, Kàn were the time’s forest of classicists. For [Yán] Jùn to with words of honor rescue an old friend, was he not also exceptional?

Xuē Zōng was widely learned and his plans accepted, and was Wú’s excellent minister. When [Xuē] Yíng followed after, he indeed had his predecessor’s air, however in a cruel and ruthless court, he repeatedly ascended to prominent position, a gentleman would be confused by this.

評曰:張紘文理意正,為世令器,孫策待之亞於張昭,誠有以也。嚴、程、闞生,一時儒林也。至畯辭榮濟舊,不亦長者乎!薛綜學識規納,為吳良臣。及瑩纂蹈,允有先風,然於暴酷之朝,屢登顯列,君子殆諸。

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