I could be all wrong here, but your question (to me) reads like the definitions of polymorphism. That is to say you want an A structure but you wand to mash it into a B object. Isn't that how you exploit Inheritance Polymorphism?
In otherwords It seems to me that even though it
. . .somehow feels wrong
your 2nd options is the correct one. But my opinion is not from practice on such a problem as yet.
coreolyn Duct tape devotee.
-- That's OO perl, NOT uh-oh perl !-)
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