On the floor over in the far corner, there was something thick and white that looked as though it might be a Silkworm. But it was sleeping soundly and nobody was paying any attention to it.
"On the floor over in the far corner, there was something thick and white that looked as though it might be a Silkworm. But it was sleeping soundly and nobody was paying any attention to it." - James and the Giant Peach
The Silkworm is one of the creatures James Henry Trotter meets aboard the Giant Peach in Roald Dahl's first famous children's story, James and the Giant Peach. Although she says little, she is an invaluable member of the Peach's crew: without her quickly-spun silk, James's plan to rescue the Peach from the threatening sharks might never have worked.
Towards the end of the story, James reveals another piece of information about the Silkworm: apparently, she had the honour of sewing Queen Elizabeth II's wedding dress.
The Silkworm did not feature in the 1996 animated film version of James and the Giant Peach - in the film, Miss Spider was the sole provider of the silk that helped rescue the Peach.
The Silkworm had, I'll have you know, the honour, not so long ago, to spin and weave and sew and press the Queen of England's wedding dress.
James Henry Trotter 1
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach