"Mother," he turned toward her with eyes full of despair, "if you could ha' knowed back in 1830 of all the griefs you'd hev..."
She put a hand out to him quickly when he paused. "Yore spirit needs bolsterin' today, old man." She smiled at him. "You know good and well I wouldn't ha' believed ary prophecy. And if I had, I reckon I'd ha' risked it. I wanted Matt Creighton fer mine awful bad, if you air of a mind to remember." (6.7-8)
Matt is all ready to have a pity party for himself but Ellen will have none of that. Not one of the hardships that the Creightons have had to endure would make Ellen ask for a mulligan. It's also one of the sweetest exchange between characters, once you look past the "could ha' knowed" and "ha' believed ary" type of writing.