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A pilpulistic manner (and there are many) of defending the Talmud's explanation of the mishnah's wording - if the pilpul came from a source close to the conceptual thinking popular in Lithuanian yeshivot - would probably center on drawing a distinction between "acquiring" and "betrothing." The first mishnah uses the language of acquisition, which has a coercive ring to it, while the second mishnah speaks of betrothal, which does not carry the same implications.
In Sighet, I heard another pilpulistic interpretation which is more typical of the rigors of this kind of learning.
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