Wrong use of WONT.
Either go with:
"The Hemingways hardly knew them, and for want of independence, they usually booked their own houses or hotels."
"The Hemingways hardly knew them; for independence, they usually booked their own houses or hotels, as was their wont."
re: LW2, it's usually pretty hard for young people under 26 with no job who are broke to get a credit card. and if you can, it often leads to a whole host of other problems, particularly if one is charging hundreds of dollars (insurance and therapist monthly can run $300+) and barely scraping by without having to factor in repayments. i think this is irresponsible advice.
"where you cannot place what *you're feeling"
Oh Alex, like Salman Rushdie, Maakies is also not dead (read your link)
Possibly worth noting that the Brits sometimes employ "to" where we use "than", as in the case of "more attractive [than] themselves." (At first I thought this implied guppy lesbianism and I was like ... tell me more)