My idea was that using a simple thing would show the principles easier than using the real life object. The Dictionary itself might even be accessed simply by using the good old tie.
One of my real objects represents a so called entity inside a repository, which is embedded within a hierarchy and has properties, source and associated text-files, parents and children, where these relations also have properties. Children, Parents and relations for example are returned as dictionaries, but I have to handle those Variant-values as well. Entity-Objects can represent different types with different properties. You can make this as complicated as You like.
That's why I asked about general ideas to wrap OLE objects to make them easier accessible with Perl.
And it came to pass that in time the Great God Om spake unto Brutha, the Chosen One: "Psst!"
(Terry Pratchett, Small Gods)