I was surprised to find it had been carefully oiled and cleaned. I have suspected since that the Morlocks had even partially taken it to pieces while trying in their dim way to grasp its purpose. (10.10)
Up until this point, the Time Traveller had assumed the Morlocks weren't much smarter than the Eloi. But the Morlocks tried to understand his machine. Are they smarter than he thought they were? Do the Morlocks have science? Or do they just understand machines but not the science behind them?