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The Republic is suffering from rampant intemperateness on the one hand (loss of the inner check on which social intercourse depends) and distaste for associated living on the other.
Apocalyptic intemperateness, paranoia, a loathing of compromise, a demonization of the enemy--on the right today, as on the left a generation ago, these are more than articles of faith.
The creation was exciting but exhausting, and led to Lota's increasing remoteness and intemperateness. Bishop's letters from the mid-1960s begin to break down, then become increasingly desperate.