In Chapter 5 of Love in the Time of Cholera, when Fermina leaves to live with Hildebranda, do her husband and children go with her?

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When Fermina leaves to go stay with HIldebranda, she is accompanied only by her god-daughter.  Her husband, Dr. Juvenal Urbino, does not go with her and is discreetly not even present to see her off at the dock; indeed, he is the reason that she decides to go away.  Fermina has just discovered that her husband has been unfaithful to her, and, after "an exhausting three-day discussion", she decides to go to Cousin Hildebranda's ranch "for as long a time as she need(s) to think before coming to a final decision" as to what to do about her marriage.  Fermina's children also do not accompany her on her sojourn.  The children are made to understand that their mother's trip is one "she had often put off and that they themselves had wanted her to make for a long time".

Dr. Urbino is confident that Fermina will not remain angry for long and will come back to him, but Fermina leaves "certain that her rage would never end" (Part 5).