James and the Giant Peach

by

Roald Dahl

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The Glow-worm Character Analysis

It takes James a while to notice the Glow-worm, as she functions like a ceiling light. She is, according to the Centipede, a female firefly without wings. The Glow-Worm provides light inside the peach and since she’s shy like the Silkworm, she generally keeps to herself. After landing in New York City, the Glow-worm replaces the light bulb in the Statue of Liberty’s light, thereby saving the city a massive electricity bill every year.

The Glow-worm Quotes in James and the Giant Peach

The James and the Giant Peach quotes below are all either spoken by The Glow-worm or refer to The Glow-worm. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Children vs. Adults Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Puffin edition of James and the Giant Peach published in 2013.
Chapter 37 Quotes

“Don’t be frightened of us, please!” James called out. “We are so glad to be here!”

“What about those others beside you?” shouted the Chief of Police. “Are any of them dangerous?”

“Of course they’re not dangerous!” James answered. “They’re the nicest creatures in the world! Allow me to introduce them to you one by one and then I’m sure you will believe me.”

Page Number: 133-134
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Glow-worm Character Timeline in James and the Giant Peach

The timeline below shows where the character The Glow-worm appears in James and the Giant Peach. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
Assumptions vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
...James asks if the Centipede is talking to him, but the Centipede snaps that the Glow-worm fell asleep with her light on. James looks up and sees a three-foot-long fly without... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Fun, Nonsense, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...and Aunt Spiker, it rolled out of control. To make the journey even worse, the Glow-worm’s light stopped working. Now, though, everything is quiet. The Centipede shouts for light, but the... (full context)
Chapter 18
Children vs. Adults Theme Icon
Nature and Growing Up Theme Icon
...panic—the Centipede can’t swim with his boots on, while Miss Spider, the Ladybug, and the Glow-worm can’t swim at all. Calmly, James says that nobody has to swim: the peach is... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Nature and Growing Up Theme Icon
Fun, Nonsense, and Absurdity Theme Icon
...tunnel with a loop of string to lasso the gulls. Inside the peach’s chamber, the Glow-worm lights the room so the Silkworm and Miss Spider can spin their thread. (full context)
Chapter 23
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...is so magnificent that Miss Spider pulls the Centipede into a dance. Even the shy Glow-worm and the quiet Silkworm watch everyone else celebrate on top of the peach. When the... (full context)
Chapter 27
Assumptions vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
Nature and Growing Up Theme Icon
...tunnel into the peach. The Ladybug asks for someone to inspect her shell, but the Glow-worm’s bulb is cracked. Eventually, James realizes that they can’t hear hailstones anymore. He peeks outside... (full context)
Chapter 37
Children vs. Adults Theme Icon
Assumptions vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
Nature and Growing Up Theme Icon
...aren’t dangerous and, breaking into song, he introduces the Centipede, the Earthworm, the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the Glow-worm, Miss Spider, the Ladybug, and the Silkworm. As he introduces each bug, James shares something... (full context)
Chapter 39
Assumptions vs. Curiosity Theme Icon
...Miss Spider learn to spin nylon thread and make ropes for tightrope walkers, while the Glow-worm replaces the light bulb inside the Statue of Liberty’s torch. She saves the city from... (full context)