The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, self consciously

I'd like to know if in the following excerpt from The Great Gatsby "self consciously" means "embarrassed" or "deliberate":

Self consciously, with his authoritative arms breaking the way, we pushed through the still gathering crowd, passing a hurried doctor, case in hand, who had been sent for in wild hope half an hour ago.

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That would be deliberate. Note the "authoritative arms breaking the way". This tells us that there is a forceful sense to this.