Poor Old H. N.! Making a cup of tea was NOT easy back in the day. As you can see from the instructions, discovery after discovery had to be made, and in very short order. Look at the effort involved here for one simple cup of tea! Find tea plant, dry leaves, discover fire, make a pot for boiling water, etc.

These 8 steps actually could go on and on, especially if we get into the thorny question of how long to steep the tea leaves. How will he quantify and codify a sense of time? How will he create an accurate timer?

Oh, I know the answer. His wife will do it for him 🙂 She has already figured out all this stuff and has moved on to quantum physics.