"I am not a slimy beast," the Earthworm said. "I am a useful and much loved creature. Ask any gardener you like."
"'I am not a slimy beast,' the Earthworm said. 'I am a useful and much loved creature. Ask any gardener you like.'" - James and the Giant Peach
The Earthworm appears in Roald Dahl's first famous book for children, James and the Giant Peach. He is one of a number of creatures James Henry Trotter meets aboard the Giant Peach.
He is a pretty morose creature - as the Ladybird tells James, "'He hates to be happy. He is only happy when he is gloomy. Now isn't that odd? But then, I suppose just being an Earthworm is enough to make a person pretty gloomy, don't you agree?'"
James is quick to point out the Earthworm's good points, though, later telling an audience of New Yorkers: "'He would be absolutely grand for digging subway tunnels and for making you a sewer.'"
The 1996 film version of James and the Giant Peach featured the voice of David Thewlis as the Earthworm.
The problem is... well, the problem is that there is no problem!
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach