I saw the following sentence:
Throughout literature we find recurring tales of forthright people who are outspoken in condemning illegal practices only to be brought low themselves when they, or members of their families, commit such acts.
I don't understand the grammar (structure) of the term in bold. Can anyone please explain and give more examples? The position of "themselves" is making me very confused.
Source: Barron's 1100 Words You Need to Know