"“Well, I’m off to fashion a noose,” he said grimly, by way of excusing himself.
“Ha ha!” His mother laughed indulgently.
His father simply smiled generally. Very likely wasn’t listening at all."
It Happened One Midnight - Julie Anne Long

His father has decided that it's about time for Jonathan to get married. So, as an added "incentive" he has withheld the guy's allowance. Since his latest investment didn't work out as he was planning, he's facing the joys of being penniless.

 

So, what does a guy do when he doesn't have any money of his own?

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He will probably get married to someone sure to give his dear Papa an apoplexy. lol

someone with even less money that he has :D