Ellen O'Hara watched with concern as Ashley Wilkes rode his horse down the red dirt back to Twelve Oaks. She wasn't concerned for Ashley himself, but rather for the feelings he left behind in her eldest daughter. Ellen was no stranger to the hot spark of love, thus the raw emotion that flashed in Scarlett's eyes as she saw Ashley that afternoon was easy to recognize. Ellen gripped her Rosary Beads that night and prayed a silent, but fervent prayer for Scarlett – After all it was known that the Wilkes always marry their cousins.