Yep . Einey got it right . The Time Machine also foretold the coming of the Eloi . It didn't take tens of thousands of years . " Books ? Oh yes , we have books . " . And that scene with the book crumbling into dust in the time traveller's hands still makes an old bibliophile like me shudder .
That scene scared me. What if he needed toilet paper!!!!!!!
They probably worshipped at the throne of The Great God Bidet and then sun-dried for half an hour . That scene was cut !