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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.
In Sighet, I heard another pilpulistic interpretation which is more typical of the rigors of this kind of learning.
According to this pilpulistic argument, the fact that the mishnah in the second chapter says that a man may betroth a woman through an agent in itself suggests that a woman cannot be betrothed against her will.
of Jewish, Talmudic, pilpulistic reasoning and wit?