Bash Reference Manual
188.8.131.52 Double Quotes
Enclosing characters in double quotes (`"') preserves the literal value
of all characters within the quotes, with the exception of
`$', ``', and `\'.
The characters `$' and ``'
retain their special meaning within double quotes (see section 3.5 Shell Expansions).
The backslash retains its special meaning only when followed by one of
the following characters:
`$', ``', `"', `\', or
Within double quotes, backslashes that are followed by one of these
characters are removed. Backslashes preceding characters without a
special meaning are left unmodified.
A double quote may be quoted within double quotes by preceding it with
The special parameters `*' and `@' have special meaning
when in double quotes (see section 3.5.3 Shell Parameter Expansion).